Why did Mumbai Indians not give Ishan Kishan a chance in IPL ‘Super Over’
The debate will go on for a long time as to why Mumbai Indians did not have Ishan Kishan to miss a century by 1 run in the ‘Super Over’ of the IPL thriller last night. Tried it? Ishaan was the batsman who took the match to the threshold of a ‘tie’ after the RCB’s almost decided victory.
When Ishan was caught out by Devdutt off the ball of Udana in an attempt to hit a six just before the last ball of the 20th over, he was on a score of 99 and Mumbai’s score was 197 runs. He was 5 runs away from victory. If Kieron Pollard had hit a six on the final ball, the match would not have gone to the super over but the shot from his bat went for only 4 runs.
When Mumbai got a chance to bat first in the ‘Super Over’, everyone was expecting Ishaan Kishan to field with Pollard as he was in form and had a complete eye on the balls but it was completely different … The pair of Pollard and Rohit came into the fray while Ishaan did not open the pads. Mumbai lost Pollard’s wicket, yet Hardik Pandya was sent instead of Ishaan. Mumbai scored 7 runs off 6 balls. RCB scored an 8-run target for the win without losing any wicket.
This was the first time in the IPL, when the team of Mumbai Indians lost in the Super Over. Captain Rohit Sharma does not embrace the argument that Ishaan was tired, so did not send him in the super over. When a player lands on a platform like IPL, there is a lot of power in it. After a short rest he becomes refreshed. Even when the super over was going on, Ishaan was still very excited. Had he been sent in place of Hardik, it would have been the result of the match.
Mumbai had scored 201 for 5 wickets chasing a target of 202 runs. Captain Rohit Sharma flopped and was dismissed for only 8 runs while Hardik Pandya was also able to score 15 runs in 13 balls. On the other hand, Ishaan Kishan played a brilliant innings of 99 runs in 58 balls with the help of 2 fours and 9 sixes. Ishaan and Pollard brought Mumbai back into the match when it needed 104 off 36 balls to win. Later this distance was 53 runs in 18 balls and 30 runs in 12 balls to win it.
Those who interfere in cricket can decide themselves that if the pair of batsmen could have brought the match so close with their hard work, then it would have failed in the super over? It was that Rohit Sharma would have fielded the pair of Kieron Pollard and Ishaan Kishan instead. But now is the time to debate. In the future, if there is an opportunity for a ‘super over’ in front of Mumbai again, it should take the set pair on such an occasion and not repeat the mistake that they have made against RCB.