The situation for Mumbai is actually even worse than what’s painted in the intro. Four losses out of four would have been still digestible, had even one of those gone down to the wires. But the painful truth is that Mumbai have been soundly beaten in all of their outings.
The biggest cause of concern has been the form of their captain Rohit Sharma. A deep dive into stats by ESPN this week has revealed that he has been one of the move below-par top order batsmen in IPL since 2019 with average of under 30 and strike rate of under 130.
In four outings so far this season, Sharma has a total of 80 runs at an average of just 20. Kieron Pollard is another experienced star that is struggling. He has only 47 so far.
Jasprit Bumrah has also looked off-colour and has gone wicketless in three of his four outings.
Such sub-par displays have forced Mumbai to make a number of changes – evident in the fact that they have already used 15 players just four games into the tournament.
Punjab Kings came out flying, notching an impressive win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their season opener before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chasing consistency, the Kings have alternative victories and defeats and after four games, they have two wins and as many losses.
They were, however, unlucky in their last game – a defeat to Gujarat – as they had to defend 19 in the last over but unfortunately back-to-back sixes off the final two balls by Rahul Tewatia broke their hearts.
Despite their record being 50-50, it is clear to see that the Kings have got game and could be a force come playoffs time.