Mumbai Indians bowling coach, Shane Bond, revealed his disappointment with the team’s bowling unit for persistently committing the “same errors” in game situations, especially in the recent match against Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The match witnessed Mohsin Khan making a comeback from a long injury lay-off as the left-arm pacer defended 11 runs successfully in the final over against Tim David, leading LSG to a five-run victory against MI.
Also, LSG set a total of 177 in their innings after recovering from 123/3 in 17 overs. However, Chris Jordan suffered a poor 18th over, conceding 24 runs. Mumbai Indians allowed more than 50 runs in the last three overs of LSG’s innings.
Bond stated, “What is more frustrating for me is not adhering to the plans that we discuss. We were very specific about what we wanted to do in this game on this pitch to players like Marcus (Stoinis) and where we needed to bowl. We did not bowl at these positions consistently enough.”
Further, Bond added, “As far as team strategy is concerned, you need to get the batsman to strike in areas where you want them to. Make it as difficult as possible for them. You do not want them to strike you where they want to hit the ball.”
The match turned around when Stoinis scored 89 unbeaten runs in 47 balls, hitting eight sixes. He partnered with Krunal Pandya (82 runs, retired hurt) to revive LSG from a woeful start.
Bond accepted, “We have always prided ourselves on the effort we put into our preparations, our behind-the-scenes work, and our game analysis. We learn from the mistakes we make, and we try to improve. It is frustrating to see that we keep repeating the same error.”
Despite the loss, Mumbai Indians remain in contention for a play-off slot.