Mumbai Indians have fallen behind in the race to playoffs of IPL 2021. They are currently on a three-match losing streak in the UAE. Although they had a chance to win the game against RCB, a shaky middle-order meant that they lost the game by 54 runs. They will next face Punjab Kings, who are coming off a win. In this article, we take a look at the two changes Mumbai Indians must make against Punjab Kings to end the losing streak in IPL 2021.
1) Jayant Yadav for Krunal Pandya
One of the changes Mumbai Indians must make against Punjab Kings is to bring in Jayant Yadav for Krunal Pandya. Krunal is looking out of sorts at the moment. With the ball, he showed signs of returning to form against RCB. However, he did bowl a few bad deliveries here and there. However, with the willow, Krunal’s time seems to be ticking. Despite getting chances in all three games in the UAE, so far, Krunal has not been able to contribute significantly.
On the other hand, bringing in Jayant Yadav for Krunal could be a good tactical move, as well. With the core of Punjab Kings middle-order revolving around Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, Krunal Pandya could have a tough time containing them. Hence, a right-arm off-spinner like Jayant will be of better use against the West Indian southpaws.
2) Nathan Coulter-Nile for Adam Milne
Although Adam Milne has shown flashes of brilliance, he is yet to string it together into a complete performance so far. Also, he leaked a few runs against RCB. Hence, Nathan Coulter-Nile could be a better option for the defending champions. He is experienced and also boasts of a better box of variations than the Kiwi. If the likes of KL Rahul survive until the middle-overs, NCN will be a more productive option than Milne.
Most importantly, with the batting unit of Mumbai struggling, the extra insurance of NCN in the lower order can be useful. On his day, the Aussie can strike a few big blows. This will be helpful if the game goes down to the wire. Hence, this is one change that Mumbai must make against PBKS.