IPL 2012 May 24, 2012

Free-spenders can't buy consistency

Despite splashing money this season, Mumbai Indians were rarely at the top of their game and most of their wins came through last-over heists
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Where they finished


Fourth. A disappointment as it's a lower finish than last year despite the vast amounts spent on refurbishing the squad, including getting three solid Indian IPL performers to plug perceived weaknesses.

Key player


Once again Lasith Malinga was a stand-out performer, particularly in the first half of the season. His form tailed off a touch towards the end of the campaign and he finished with his worst IPL performance of 2012, leaking 41 as MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo went on the rampage in Bangalore. Still, he was indisputably their go-to bowler, and 22 wickets at an economy of 6.30 show why. The cocktail of yorkers, bouncers and slower balls continued to bamboozle batsmen, and underscored why he remains among the finest Twenty20 bowlers around.

Bargain buy


Not too many candidates for this category, as Mumbai Indians' cheaper acquisitions in the auction didn't get too many games. Perhaps Dwayne Smith, who joined a month into the tournament in place of the injured Mitchell Johnson, fits the bill. He made a dramatic entry, thumping Ben Hilfenhaus for six, four and four off the last three balls of the match to snatch victory over Chennai Super Kings. There was also an unbroken 163-run stand with Sachin Tendulkar, against Rajasthan Royals, in his first innings as an opener.

Flop buy


Dinesh Karthik was brought in from Kings XI Punjab for a reported $2.35m and though he gave Mumbai Indians the solidity they lacked last season behind the stumps, he failed to put in any match-turning performances with the bat. Given plenty of chances at No. 4, Karthik provided neither the stability when the top order failed nor the power-hitting towards the end of the innings. One of only four Mumbai Indians players to take part in every game of the campaign, he finished with a disappointing 238 runs with a strike rate of 111.73.

Highlights


The opening match of the season featured the two pre-tournament favourites and was a game Mumbai Indians completely dominated: Super Kings' intimidating batting line-up was dismantled for 112 before South African Richard Levi's quick half-century on IPL debut completed the demolition. Another highlight was the victory at Eden Gardens that snapped Kolkata Knight Riders seven-game unbeaten run, with Rohit Sharma providing a reminder of his talent with a silken century. Their tenacious defence of 120 against Pune Warriors underlined their never-say-die spirit in a season where they won six matches in the final over.

Lowlight


Undoubtedly, the surrender at home to Delhi Daredevils, when they capsized to the lowest total of the season. They were thrashed in a couple of other matches as well, but there's a difference to being blown away by an assault from the likes of Chris Gayle or MS Dhoni, to the defeat against Daredevils. The game began with Davy Jacobs' 10-ball duck, a leading contender for worst innings of the tournament, and hardly improved. At 44 for 6, there were in line for the unwanted record of being bowled out for the smallest total in IPL history.

Verdict


Every year Mumbai Indians seem to fortify their squad, but every season they have ended up short. The arrival of Karthik, RP Singh and Pragyan Ojha seemingly provided them with the strongest Indian contingent of any side in the tournament, but that was offset by mediocre seasons for two of their retained players, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh.

Finding a destructive opening partner for the staid Tendulkar (by Twenty20 standards) proved vexing, as the South Africans Levi and Jacobs failed, as did Australia's Aiden Blizzard and Herschelle Gibbs was injured for much of the tournament. Mumbai Indians ended up trying eight different combinations, with only the James Franklin-Tendulkar combination getting more than three matches together.

The tinkering continued lower down the order as Mumbai Indians struggled to find four in-form overseas players. Several of them made a splash in their first game before fading away - Levi, Robin Peterson, Gibbs and even Smith till he was made to open. A settled combination was elusive, and Mumbai Indians tried as many as 24 players in all, the most by a franchise this season along with Deccan Chargers. In contrast, other successful teams used far fewer players: Kolkata Knight Riders (18) and Chennai (17).

The team did well in the league stages with plenty of back-from-the-dead wins but there weren't enough dominating performances by either the team or the individuals - only Rohit Sharma made it to the top 15 run-getters of the season and Lasith Malinga to the 15 most economical bowlers (min 20 overs).

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 30-30-150 on May 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    My comment wasn't about asking for the ouster of Sachin, but it was just to inform people who the best replacement for Sachin would be, if he retires.

  • on May 27, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    The biggest disappointment of is Bhaji and Mumbai Pitch. Some people is sitting to blame sachin for his moderate performance. This is not fair. he already miss 4 main matches after injury. Dont forget he was the best performance for the last 2 year of IPL. Dont Campre Dravid, Gayle or Sewag

    because these players are played good batting wicket.

  • Indiaforever on May 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Everyone blames Sachin for anything, it's not really fair. He didn't play every match and he was injured, if he played every match and then we still flopped then fair enough but there was enough talent other than Sachin to carry us through to the final. Bhajji's time is over now, I cant really see him playing for India anytime soon.

  • apollo13 on May 26, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    dear SR,

    plz help me understand if Harbhajan was to play a pseudo captain then what was his need in the team. neither did he perform with bat nor with bat...fielding was never a strong point of the Turbanator...I believe the MI needs a complete overhaul...SRT should just do his role as an opener and should let the captain decide what he wants. I felt HBS was totally dependent on for smallest of small decisions...or so did it look on screen.

    MI needs a better person to lead...pointless to give example of each of other 8 team's captains...and how did they perform in a winning cause; for HBS can't even remember a solid performance ...

    HBS is not in his peak and should do some introspection before taking on an important role of a leader.

    Keiron Pollard...2 seasons ... haven't done anything consistently except failing with Bat n Ball...I really admire his fielding though.

  • on May 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Mumbai is like Man City....They will win the IPL once in a while only.

  • raj60 on May 26, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @Sreelal_SS People will keep blaming Sachin even after he retires for retiring at the wrong time. Hahaha

  • sri2001 on May 26, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Nowdays Sachin is not prepared to leave the crease to attack the spin bowlers. Once who dominated Shane Warne in his prime, was not ready to leave the crease and attack a ordinary spin bowler like Jakati. Very sad to see. Harbhajan should retire from all format of the game.

  • Harishonthemic on May 26, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @SST19(on Sachin): yep, and Sachin led the desert storm(against Aus in 90's), had a 100+ avg at SCG, highest scorer of WC 2003. We all know that, friend. And that's History. Let's talk of the present for a change. @JBIndia: I like your idea, pal. Atleast they won't figure in the series immediately after IPL. And to all those who write "form is temporary, but class is permanent", let me remind you that age and fitness are not permanent. This year, arguably the fittest of all veterans retired. Facebooker(May 24 2012, 18:05 PM GMT): also pls remind us when was the last time Sachin helped India chase 250+ successfully. I am no critic of Sachin or his fans. Jusssst giving food for thought. Nothing more. Looking forward to an entertaining evening on Sunday. CSK-KKR

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    mi were dissapointing in this series but they had the team to win it.on paper they can beat any side anywhere.they bought too many players and they didn't use many good players in this ipl.their mistake at the auction was not picking people like bravo who was played for them in first three years.but he has been match winner for csk this year.drop harbhajan from captaincy and from playing xi.he never finished his quota of overs and he is feared of getting hit.hope the team management gets their act together and good luck for mi in next ipl.

  • Sreelal_SS on May 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    stop it,guys ; stop blaming Sachin for everything...

  • 30-30-150 on May 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    My comment wasn't about asking for the ouster of Sachin, but it was just to inform people who the best replacement for Sachin would be, if he retires.

  • on May 27, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    The biggest disappointment of is Bhaji and Mumbai Pitch. Some people is sitting to blame sachin for his moderate performance. This is not fair. he already miss 4 main matches after injury. Dont forget he was the best performance for the last 2 year of IPL. Dont Campre Dravid, Gayle or Sewag

    because these players are played good batting wicket.

  • Indiaforever on May 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Everyone blames Sachin for anything, it's not really fair. He didn't play every match and he was injured, if he played every match and then we still flopped then fair enough but there was enough talent other than Sachin to carry us through to the final. Bhajji's time is over now, I cant really see him playing for India anytime soon.

  • apollo13 on May 26, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    dear SR,

    plz help me understand if Harbhajan was to play a pseudo captain then what was his need in the team. neither did he perform with bat nor with bat...fielding was never a strong point of the Turbanator...I believe the MI needs a complete overhaul...SRT should just do his role as an opener and should let the captain decide what he wants. I felt HBS was totally dependent on for smallest of small decisions...or so did it look on screen.

    MI needs a better person to lead...pointless to give example of each of other 8 team's captains...and how did they perform in a winning cause; for HBS can't even remember a solid performance ...

    HBS is not in his peak and should do some introspection before taking on an important role of a leader.

    Keiron Pollard...2 seasons ... haven't done anything consistently except failing with Bat n Ball...I really admire his fielding though.

  • on May 26, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Mumbai is like Man City....They will win the IPL once in a while only.

  • raj60 on May 26, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @Sreelal_SS People will keep blaming Sachin even after he retires for retiring at the wrong time. Hahaha

  • sri2001 on May 26, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Nowdays Sachin is not prepared to leave the crease to attack the spin bowlers. Once who dominated Shane Warne in his prime, was not ready to leave the crease and attack a ordinary spin bowler like Jakati. Very sad to see. Harbhajan should retire from all format of the game.

  • Harishonthemic on May 26, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    @SST19(on Sachin): yep, and Sachin led the desert storm(against Aus in 90's), had a 100+ avg at SCG, highest scorer of WC 2003. We all know that, friend. And that's History. Let's talk of the present for a change. @JBIndia: I like your idea, pal. Atleast they won't figure in the series immediately after IPL. And to all those who write "form is temporary, but class is permanent", let me remind you that age and fitness are not permanent. This year, arguably the fittest of all veterans retired. Facebooker(May 24 2012, 18:05 PM GMT): also pls remind us when was the last time Sachin helped India chase 250+ successfully. I am no critic of Sachin or his fans. Jusssst giving food for thought. Nothing more. Looking forward to an entertaining evening on Sunday. CSK-KKR

  • AMAZINGFAN on May 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    mi were dissapointing in this series but they had the team to win it.on paper they can beat any side anywhere.they bought too many players and they didn't use many good players in this ipl.their mistake at the auction was not picking people like bravo who was played for them in first three years.but he has been match winner for csk this year.drop harbhajan from captaincy and from playing xi.he never finished his quota of overs and he is feared of getting hit.hope the team management gets their act together and good luck for mi in next ipl.

  • Sreelal_SS on May 25, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    stop it,guys ; stop blaming Sachin for everything...

  • pureatichowdary on May 25, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The only problem for MI is Harbajan Captaincy, Captain need to lead from front. His attitude in Chennai match is too bad at least he need to give some support to Polard in bating.If sachin is not ready give captaincy to Rohit even dinesh is also better than bajji.

  • soumyas on May 25, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    their too much greed of buying players back stabbed finally, they never trusted and given fair and consistent opportunity to their players.

  • anaken on May 25, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Excellent point made by Himanshu Gupta. Sachin should hang up his boots now.

  • guptahitesh4u on May 25, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    such is the charisma of Sachin, whatever team he plays for,the team starts to depend on him. He failed consistently in this season and same reflected in the performance of the MI. It is foolish to say that Bowling was a weak point for MI. There batting was the worst and the reason for the same was Sachin. MI's batting revolves around him and unfortunately he failed miserably this season. barring one or two innings he could not occupy crease for a longer period. The another point could be the failure of Harbhajan, he hardly finished his quota of 4 overs. Had he been not captaining, MI could have afforded another bowler/batsment in the team. Unfortunately, this season he contributed almost nothing as a batsman too.

  • Vicky.mb on May 25, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    I honestly think Mumbai deserved this, I mean they use their financial muscle to buy everyone they want outside the auction. Look at the squad they have and they can even afford to drop Indian International players. Its sad every potential talent will blindly say YES to play for Mumbai knowing he wont get any matches. Local players like Suman, Kulkarni, Abu Nechim etc and the Chopping and changing of RP Singh, Ohja etc would play in the 11 of 90% of the matches for most of the teams. Its a pity cause if they get the combination right they can be unstoppable. Man city of the IPL.

  • 30-30-150 on May 25, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @Bruisers- Totally agree with you. WASIM JAFFER should play next season instead of Sachin. And those who find this funny can check JAFFER's T20 records or can see him play T20s in domestic cricket. People seem to underestimate guys like Jaffer since they featured for India only in Tests. Look at his T20 record- 23 matches, 616 runs, Average 28, S/R 130, 6 fifties, HS- 95... In a most recent T20 game, Jaffer scored 51 (31) vs Tamil Nadu (7 fours, 1 six)..

  • on May 25, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    I donot still understand where is the bowling department? How can MI let Zaheer and Bravo go and pick have munaf and RP. they are good for nothing. Neither they can bat or field and even many college kids can bowl better than them. there is only as much even jonty can do with their fielding and attitude. every time mumbai chokes. Harbhajan has lost all of his killer instincts. He doesnt even back himself to bowl better how can others trust him. and he is the leader. bowling is the weakest link. it is non existent. bowling line up should luk like, malinga, ojha, pollard, smith, zaheer, bravo. sorry but bhajji's day are over. he is now merely a meek submitter than a fighter he used to be. and rather than a dasher there should be someone reliable at the top with sachin. then see how freely sachin plays. karthik shud be out rayudu shud keep. franklin out bravo in. and at the top find some local player in rahane mould. still beleive that kiddish bowling cost mumbai more times than batting

  • on May 25, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    Poor Surya Kumar Yadav! One marlon samules fast delivery determined his fate in the IPL! He is a very good player and MI not used him after the match aginst PWI.Pawan Suyal and Abu nechim also need some opportunities .MI depending overseas hevyweights too much!

  • on May 25, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    I wud like people to rememberCLT20.. where MI won.. n Sachin was not playin the tournament..

  • on May 25, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    MI is a living example that loads of money cannot bring success. From the very first episode of IPL they are the max spenders. But their success is NIL in IPL. Look at KKR for the bold step they took. But no one MI has that guts, like a corporate office without proper HR function they are all filled with YES man.

    The first thing they should do is understand who worth what and why he worth so, simply putting millions of dollars after ranji trophy players won't bring them success, it is like Dravid's first IPL Bangalore team. Thanks go they did not spend millions on Pujura, as he is also stalwarts in Ranji. And also they need to have captain who can lead from front than putting someone else in his place when situation arises.

    The run rate of MI shows that their wins are by chances, by sudden brilliance of an individual than a team effort. They do have lots of gems in their team, what they require a captain who can tie them in a marvelous necklace.

  • aahahaa on May 25, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    for the squad they have they fared below par. if not for the Rohit Sharma innings against DC and Smith's against CSk they would have been classified also ran. their signings have always looked like a gamble, and that includes Pollard, rather than well thought out, the exception is Smith, who off late has been batting very sensibly. making him open was a good move . Karthick is not #4 by any stretch of imagination therefore Rayudu batting below him was wasted. Finally consider changing the captain.

  • arun_cheers on May 25, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    best comment is by @Dravid_Gravitas . Well said ... big-time Little Choker . Also Pragyan Ohja was not properly and effectively used. Ohja is such a handy bowler. He has played the match winner role many times for Hydrabad many times before and was one of the three pillars of success for Hydrabad along with Rohit and Gilchrist.

  • satish619chandar on May 25, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Excellent title for MI.. Having too many individual match winners is the main problem for MI.. The INdian team in prime needed Dravid to shoulder the innings, When he was out, Dhoni took up that role of grafter.. The big hitters need to bat around the grafters.. Sachin was not consistent that much.. Franklin did provide a little bit spark but again no consistency.. Bowling was very tinkered.. Slow all rounders in Pollard and Smith didn't work that much.. And, the main drawback the captain himself.. Being the most experienced and senior player, failing to bowl 4 overs most games.. It was done due to fear and not a tactical one too.. Will always set a bad example to the team..

  • on May 25, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Mumbai Indians could make No 4 only with the bowling arsenal, more specifically Malinga. Harbhajan's contribution if any was negative. Some other player ( Pragyan Ojha) would have contributed positively. He should have stood out in place of Ojha. Tendulkar at 39, you can't expect power hitting. Rohit Sharma for the oodles of talent ( very apparent in the good knocks that he played) was inconsistent Karthik was a disappointment and Pollard not quite to the high expectations. Richard Levi was disappointing against spinners . Mumabi Indians have to look for some soilidity and not just more flamboyance.

  • SudharsanVM on May 25, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    A team with ten wins and 6 losses in league phase, but has negative runrate even after winning ten games tells the story of MI. Many matches could have went either way.

  • on May 25, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Too many people with high reputations but Too little consistency. Bad captaincy at times. KKR, DD and CSK have stuck to core of the players and tinkered only where it was required. Sachin an Bhajji had a poor season by their standards so have to reconsider their roles and status.

  • on May 25, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    top five reasons for MI below par performances for this time ipl... 1 Poor Captaincy..(Worst in this time ipl), 2 Failed to pick right oversea payers.., 3 inconsistency of Bating,4 Failed to identify right combination...,5 Munaf Patel.......................

  • natmastak_so-called on May 25, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    @ dravid gravitas : mate , please give that guy a break . i too love RD and we all know Indian cricket had not been fair with him at times . but that doesn't mean we start bashing the greatest singular icon our nation has produced.(it is really not necessary to bash KARNA for the sake of praising ARJUNA .) Anybody can have a bad season,look at dhoni before yesterday's match.But sure I am that SIR SACHIN will come to his best sooner than later.

  • on May 25, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    One Thing MI needed is Get Harbajan singh out of Team and Give A.T.Rayudu Captaincy Let Sachin decide whether he want to play or not in IPL6 also get Some good Opener from India it gives team a option to go for another Bowler or Batsman from International

  • harshacc on May 25, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Too many egos in the team to be effective.Bhajji needs to go.Sachin was average at best.Bowling relies too heavily on Malinga

  • Narbavi on May 25, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Well, Sachin's fluency was missing, like it has been for the last one year or so, bhajji was at his usual (flop) best, unbelievable, the captain bowls only 3overs, not for the first time by the way, so many times this season we saw only 3overs from him. Ojha n RP singh, what's with u two?? come on guys join other teams n get more opportunites, u want to warm the benches?? n finally i'm happy the team lost, their behaviour was shocking, likes of bhajji munaf n even ambati (even though his season with the bat was superb)!! This team is more trophy centric rather than trying to promote young talent n play fair!! So its only fitting that they lost this time!!

  • crazytaurean on May 25, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    The biggest disappointment for Mumbai Indians was not Bhajji, but Sachin Tendulkar. With him at the top, it was left to others to give a brisk start. Even Rahul Dravid did better than him this season. Sachin is now only suited to Test and One Day cricket.

  • contactmhatre on May 25, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Ideally we need a solid keeper-batsman, a raw pace bowler, and a good spinner. RP and Munaf are just milking out runs at a rapid pace and that's not good for any franchise. We also don't need Suman in the sqaud. The time has come to try out players like Amitoze Singh, Sushtant Marathe, Aditya Tare, and others. Finally, sachin should drop the gloves and become a mentor of Mumbai Indians.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 24, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    I commented here to Harbhajan for opening the batting innings and he opened the bowling. Ridiculous! What a great captain. I hope Harbhajan becomes the next captain of India. Through all 17 games, he showed his leadership skills which rubs with some of the greatest captains of all time. Harbhajan is the semi- future of Indian cricket. Go on Bhajji, we are with you!

  • Mr_Anonymous on May 24, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    Its disappointing but with MI, I got the sense that they went further than they should have this time. Here were the main problems: 1. Unsettled opening combination: Look at the article. Enough said. 2. Harbhajan the bowler failed: Pragyan Ojha (a much better spinner) was sidelined. 3. Captaincy: How will the captain inspire if he is himself below par? I think MI need a different captain next year (and no, its not Tendulkar either). 3. On-field issues: The ruckus on Sanga's dismissal was not necessary (blame both Bhajji and Munaf and also the umpire). I could see Munaf blaming everyone on the field when runs were taken of his bowling. He used to be humble but seems to have picked up some bad habits. I wouldn't mind if he was "transfered".

    Some highlights: Some batsmen won them matches which they should have lost: Rayudu, Smith and Rohit were very good. As long as they were there, you had hope for the team. Kulkarni was very good in last 2 matches. Malinga was excellent as usual!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 24, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Sachin is no Little Master. He is a big-time Little Choker, gets choked at the slightest hint of a big match or pressure. How many years he's been playing cricket for again? 22 years? Is it? Shame! Can't put bat to ball in crunch situations and big matches. On top of that, his atrocious strike-rate and inconsistency cost MI dearly in this IPL. Thanks to Rayudu, Rohit and others that they came to play-offs.

  • johnathonjosephs on May 24, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Anyways, I find it funny that Indian players like Karthik, Jadeja, Yusuf, and Vinay were all bought for HUGE prices, but all failed. Yes, i'm sorry, but when it comes to IPL, you must be international standard material. Its amazing that real players like Zaheer Khan, Sehwag, Gambhir, or Kohli don't get half as much money

  • johnathonjosephs on May 24, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    The real reason Mumbai lost was Harbhajan's choice of bowling. Can anybody think of a single captain in the world who would not give Malinga the chance to exploit the new ball? Well, Harbhajan is one and he tried very strange tactics, mainly putting Malinga as a 3rd or even 4th chance bowler. Look at the stats... when Malinga opens, all the bowlers have better economy rates. Don't let Malinga open and you leak many runs/lose matches. Harbhajan messed up big time. If he is captain next year for Mumbai, wanting to try the same tactics, we all better hope Malinga will be transfered to another team

  • s.k2005 on May 24, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Should have used kulkarni & Abu Nachim more often rather than one chance...never utilised Nachim& ojha properly....rather over dependent on Malinga and Rohit Sharma...Rayudu & Smith limited sparkle,,,GOODBY FOR 2012 see next IPL minus haggards like MUNAF & R.P.SING ,

  • samincolumbia on May 24, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Most useless captain of this IPL is a tie between Gangooly and Harbhajan Singh. Most useless bowler - Harbhajan Singh Most useless batsman - Murali Vijay

  • Nampally on May 24, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Ithink this is the last season for Tendulkar for T-20. Harbhajan should also retire & is definitely not the Captain material. In fact he is bit like Sammy - the WI captain.Karthik is not a T-20 player. These 3 should have suitable replacements next year. Kulkarni was the find of the year - unfortunately he played only 2 matches. Ronit Sharma is fit to lead the side along with a new bunch of talented Indian players. D.Smith, Pollard & H.Gibbs were good pros. Unfortunately due to injuries Gibbs was not available for all the games. On the whole Mumbai performed poorly as a team & were vry lucky to be in last 4. They had lucky wins against both Deccan & Chenna besides several other unconvincing wins. The team needs a huge shake up if it has any chance of winning T-20.The team came with huge expectations but performed disappointingly with poor leadership.

  • on May 24, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    @bruisers wassim jaffer for sachin.....lollllllllllllll...

  • on May 24, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Well, one thing is, they should've persisted with levi.

  • on May 24, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    If Sachin had played all the 16 matches, MI would have been in top 2 and that simply would have increased their final chances. He was unlucky not to convert his 20+scores to big ones. Even in the last match he was sacrificing his wicket for Smith in a hope that he can finish the match very quickly, but what I felt is, Sachin was the player had to be there instead of Smith since he can carry the bat through out the innings. In the end, that costed the match. I could enjoy his fluent batting in this IPL edition as well. He looks very fine to me and this will be Sachin's and he is yet to play his memorable innings. Forget about winning or losing, who care those when master is on the roll.

  • on May 24, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    hw can u people critizize sachin dere was at time for team india were depends totally on sachin to schase anything above 250,even now do dese dhonis and rainas had de guts to play steyn in southafrica... never, then remember he is reaching 39 nw and still he is performing average no one in history had lasted like this so we fans shud back him through this period

  • on May 24, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    The performance says it all

  • Bruisers on May 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    In this format it is essential for the openers to be aggressive during the first 6. I don't think Sachin will play next season (He will be 40).. Wasim Jaffer seems to be an ideal replacement for Sachin. Harbhajan shouldn't be the skipper anymore. Make either Jaffer or Rohit Sharma as the captain next season. Making either of them the captain will instill a bit of responsibility in them to play a big innings. Also Pollard must come to bat with 8-10 overs to go. And for god's sake don't pick Franklin!

  • on May 24, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Tendulkar has become a liability, Karthik and Bhajji's skills already depleted, Pollard is highly overrated, i think they make him play every match only to justify their investment in him, Sharma and Rayudu can't win every match on their own, and finally CSK has always been their nemesis...MI had do go down...

  • on May 24, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    To all who criticise sachin, he is not only to be blamed, was he alone playing for mumbai, he is still the best, an those who critise him, just remember that, form is temporary, but class is permanent.

  • on May 24, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Dear Sundararajan from Chennai, that votes % competition is between a few famous retired players from international cricket. What do you want Sachin Tendulkar to learn from that list? He's not retired yet from the International Cricket and he won't be either till the end of the 2015 world cup. We need him very much for the 2015 World cup in Australia. He's going to deliver his best for sure.

  • raydeba on May 24, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    the biggest disappointment is harvajan singh.he has no idea about captain ship.plz remove him from captain for the next season.

  • JBIndia on May 24, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Please let Sachin and Harbahjan play for MI as long as they want. Its good for team India if they stay away from the national team. Nobody cares if MI flops but it hurts when team India loses a test, ODI or T20. So let these great cricketers play for their rich franchises as they won't mind throwing away money for the sake of Sachin and Bhajji. But please don't let them spoil the national team. Selectors, BCCI, Administrators ..all decision makers..it is a humble request from a Indian cricket fan.

  • tenfan on May 24, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    @Sundararajan Cricinfo.com opinion poll is only for those seniors who are retired and hence Sachin was not part of that otherwise it would still have been him as the most popular senior whom people want to see in IPL 2013.

    Also, Sachin's ave and strike rate both are better than Dravid even in this IPL season. All of us know that for earlier IPL season Sachin was way ahead of others.

    I am a big fan of Dravid too but I find all these comments about learning from Dravid on when to retire and all that pretty funny as the idea that some ordinary fan think he/she knows/understand more than the man itself is hilarious

  • Chanakya on May 24, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Am afraid the two legends seem to be past their sell by dates...it is touching that MI persist with both Sachin and Bhajji, and I am a huge fan of both of them but they desperately need new blood. But you must admit Sachin's gesture to Dwayne Smith yesterday after the run out was magnificent..

  • SST19 on May 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    Mumbai Indian failed to win IPL one more time largely due to their inconsitant batting & bowling in later half with their lethal weapon mallinga took 2 wkts in last 7 game, not to talk about MI lead timid spinner wkts taking ability. MI have their best ever team this time but this season MI's two mainstay failed perform their role malinga in later half forgot to knack of taking wkt & sachin failing to play through the inning that crucial with some handful performance by other in their success. Although not won IPL title but they have second most consistent team after csk, second best W/L ratio, most win in India in all IPL.

  • VJGS on May 24, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Well, Tendulkar is one of the only reasons why MI has such a huge fan-base even outside home. He certainly brings in some confidence to the other MI players when he is on the field. But what I don't get is why is he playing only in IPL and not for Team India in T20 format. It definitely cannot be the money since he is second only to Dhoni as far as advertisements are concerned. So why?

  • balajeev on May 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Clearly, Mumbai Indians are a team that revolves around Tendulkar, even though he's not captain any more. When the spotlight is always on an individual, the team suffers.

  • nkhanna04 on May 24, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    i cannot understand how franklin played even a single game.peterson is way better than franklin any day.davy jacobs should have been given more chances.

  • SST19 on May 24, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Although Sachin couldn't get going this season, people should at least think before writing. he was highest run getter for MI for last three season, he was best player in ipl 2010, he is mainstay of MI batting line up around him other revolves with fragile MI batting line up in first few season (that why his failure leads batting debacle this season although MI have their best line up ever) he scored only 100 run less in ipl history than highest ipl run getter with 15 less matches with decent strike late while performing double role of staying through inn & scoring with good strike rate, even in this season player like dravid, kohli & dhoni(league stage) have less strike rate & Avg than Sachin. Those who have good memory will remember Sachin had original master blaster, who taught how to step out fast bowler & striking in ODI at 86+ SR & that too when hard hitter of the same time had SR 80-85 only 1-2 had SR more than him.

  • on May 24, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Hello... They have Rayudu... He performed well.. He is worth a pat on the back..

  • on May 24, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Unfortunately for Sachin, his innings as captain for MI was as unsuccessful as that for India, though the latter was more miserable. As far as IPL 2012 was considered, KKR has been a revelation not only on the field, but also for their off-field management of the players as well as the franchise. It will probably be a lesson other franchises will also learn, albeit the hard way. As for KKR, whether they can end the campaign in style remains to be seen. DD or CSK will not be pushovers - far from it.

  • on May 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Hey guys ! Please support all loosers unless they really played bad. One better day turn the table from south to west. Everybody is talking about MSD. He is so & so. How much truth in these comments ? If he is so tallented then why CSK lost there crucial last leage match against Punjab ? That lost means atall CSK were supposed to be out of the tounament. Thanks to some overconfidence showed by RCB & RR as they lost against poor DC. This way CSK entered in qualifiers. 23rd May was CSK & MSD's day. And equally bad day for MI. This is T20 game friends. In IPL last three encounters won by by MI out of four against CSK. Just one bad day ........ At the same time I am appriciating MSD. After 2/2, its not easy to reach 187/5. 73 runs partnership in just 29 balls, simply great ! It will not surprise for me atleast, if on 27th May again CSK takes the IPL trophy for the third tome ! I wish all the teams CSK / KKR / DD All The Best for the IPL Trophy !

  • ilu_sri on May 24, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Sachin ..... Please retire, give chance to other young talent(else they will retire before you) and see the examples of how one should retire....Not sure what Bajji was thinking when sending Karthik and other players ahead of Rayudu and Pollard. They should come up in the batting order.....

  • on May 24, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    indeed a very disappointing end for MI....and rightly so.......they always believe in Big Names..dont go by talent..........why the hell they take those local talents in the team when they are not going to play them.....are they paid to warm the bench? E.g MI played Abu Nechim in the very first game against CSK...and then never played him in the remaining matches....also they played Dhawal Kulkarni towards the very end of the tournament..........I dont see any reason why this kind of approach adopted by MI.....they need to play the local talents....after all IPL is the platform for them to perform in big stage...as long as u dont play them ...how can people see their potentiality..? and also what ur BIG NAMES have done...e.g Munaf Patel, RP Singh and co..and even your Captain (Harbhajan)......literally they did nothing.....ridiculous and shameful!

  • InnocentGuy on May 24, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Seriously, I had (and still have) tremendous respect for Sachin. But the more he keeps staying on, the more my respect for him diminishes. What is his deal? Why is he going on and on like this? It's his decision I know, but it's not like he is in outstanding form or anything to justify prolonging his already very long career.

  • TRAM on May 24, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    A team's strength is not simply the sum of its player's batting & bowling strengths. There is a 'team factor' that is not seen by many. CSK does not have any one in the top 10 batsman or bowlers (except DuPlessis), but they are kind of terrorizing the opponents. IMO, the characters of individuals that adds to the "team-spririt" is important. I would like to compare SRT and Suresh Raina in the field. Raina may not be the super batsman as SRT. But Raina brings the "team-feeling" all the time, whether he succeeds in batting or not. His selflessness reflects in batting and fielding. Add to that, other similar fieldsmen like Dwayne Bravo, DuPlessis who would give their life to stop/catch the ball. And there are some completely "panick-free" guys in squad such as the captain cool, Ashwin, Stephen Flemming, etc., who are not scared of any situation. I am NOT talking batting or bowling skills here. I hope MI and others whoever needs to understand, understand.

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Mumbai Indians ...REal Madrid of IPL !!!!

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    People don't blame Sachin.. Sachin has a habit of coming back strongly.. When people criticize he always speaks with his bat by making a century..(Though it takes him more than 50 innings to do so). He bats really well(though after making 30-40 runs he never fields as he gets tired). sometimes he dives and takes good catches(probably he didn't make runs on that day).. C'mon man its time to give a place to a new chap.. India's talent is gettin wasted sitting on the bench.. We need someone to be playing well at the position u r playin b4 the world cup.. or r u playing the nex one too?? If Sachin wants to serve the country with his talent, playing for the team is not the only way.. he could be used as a mentor.. well I wish u get ur 50th one day century soon.. n hope u think to retire then.. plz someone give him Bharat ratna soon if possible an oscar and grammy too... don't loose ur grace Sachin.

  • Riderstorm on May 24, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Have to agree with @cricketmaan on MI being a team full of stars. Also that there is more than enough local talent to fill up the team instead of bringing stars from other teams.

  • Kulaputra on May 24, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Mumbai is absolutely overrated.

    The way they do not get LBWs against them especially from younger Indian umpires is amazing, especially Sachin. he was plumb in a few matches but the umpires would not give him out. Another beneficiary is Ambatti Rayudu. I am not convinced that this is above board. Opponents get strange LBWs like McCullum.

    Harbhajan Singh throws, Sachin scores too slowly for T20, Pollard shines only once in a way, Malinga has been figured out by quite a few people. The way they treat their openers is amazing. Their bench on paper makes all the teams look poor.

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Sachin sacrificing his wicket for Smith shows he is losing confidence as a match-winner. all the more when you are in the opening slot! Its time, Sachin, bid adieu to at least the shorter version of the game! Have consideration for the youngsters in the wait!! You have more responsibilities in the parliament!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rally_Windies on May 24, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Sacchin bats way to slowly, and Pollard comes in way to late.. MI batting is the problem. Bowling is fine ...

    But Sacchin needs to stop playing for stats and attack more.... and Pollard needs to come in earlier ...... Malinga and Harjaban and good hitters for the last few overs... Pollard needs to come around the 10th over .... Pollard should be abtting at 4, not Karthik ..

    I do not believe it is a matter of players.. MI needs better management.......

  • chilled_avenger on May 24, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    That's what you get for naming a player like Harbhajan Singh as the captain. He took only 6 wickets in 17 matches at a mediocre economy rate of 7.11 but played all the matches even though Pragyan Ojha who performed better than him was dropped after few matches. His economy rate would have been even higher but he 'cleverly' came in to bowl mostly when a wicket had already fallen and bowled very few times in Power-plays or Death overs! As soon as he was hit for a few runs in an over he decided to not bowl another over(as he did against CSK in eliminator) and he didn't even bothered to bowl when MI were restricted to only 92 against DD. His on-field behavior was as bad as ever,demonstrated by the 'Umpiring Incident' against DC. But despite all this,his arrogance was still there which showed when he walked in to bat before Robin Peterson(who later won MI the match) while Bhajji scored a duck against KXIP! He was more interested in his own performance than the team and he failed badly!

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    i think mi needs a captain who has skill like ms dhoni and gautam gambhir and can take +ve decisions when they are in problems

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    mi problem is CAPTAIN - CAPTAIN HOT they have.... HE IS NOT FIT for any format.... Guys Team RR finished 7th on points table, but finished first on fair play and had their heads high... they also positive NRR... this is due to their gentleman captain.... MUMBAI NEED ONE GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN..... LAST WHOLE NIGHT I COULD NOT SLEEP AFTER FIFTH CONSECUTIVE IPL CUP DREAM SHATTER... BUT I Could not figure any good Captain for MI....

  • Lonely_Walker on May 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    we need a consistent opener like Warner ,Sehwag ,Murali Vijay etc ...n Bhajji is the worst tym of his career for the past 2-3 years if i m nt wrong ...Hope MI crrcts these mistakes next tym . ST4L <3

  • on May 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Time for Tendulkar to hang his boots. He is playing from memory alone. His best days are also a distant memory.

  • ProdigyA on May 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I could not understand Sachin's batting stratergy for MI this season. Obviously he was playing the sheet achors role and trying to play till the end. But what is the point when your SRate is about 100 in a T20 match. Yesterday, when they had to be aggressive from ball one, Sachin was still playing too many dot balls. I believe, he is at his best when in attacking and positive mode.

  • CricketRealtime on May 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Mumbai Indians definitely bought good local players in Ojha, Karthik and deadly T20 players in Jacobs, Levi and Dwayne Smith. Ojha surprisingly struggled throughout and all South African openers didnt know how to play spin. Fourth spot is disappointing but in current year's IPL, DD and KKR are the two top teams followed by MI. Winning last over games are also about handling pressure and staying calm and MI did that better than the rest. @CricketRealtime

  • SouthPaw on May 24, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    The biggest flop show was Harbhajan Singh, as a bowler. As a captain or batsman, there were no expectations as he has no skills in those areas.

  • N.Sundararajan on May 24, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Sundararajan from Chennai Why don't you have the courage and conviction to say that Sachin Tendulkar is over the hill and should retire, or at least stop playing these forms of cricket ! His endorsements and contracts perhaps will not allow him to ! He is losing grace, in addition to losing his game, cannot bowl, hardly handles the ball from the outfield, is not the captain, and is living on past glory only ! And unfortunately he will not learn from Rahul Dravid ! At least he should check the votes % in cricinfo.com opinion poll on which of the retired seniors do people want to see in IPL 2013 !

  • CricketMaan on May 24, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is a team full of stars and generally in sport that doesnt work. They better start supporting local talents like Rahane, Dhawal, Powar, Iqbal and even Zak. It might turn out be a local Ranji team, but there is enough talent locally for them not to look elsewhere.

  • on May 24, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Sachin - Thank you for your service to the game of Cricket. May I request you to allow youngsters to take the stage. There are plenty of examples in world cricket showing how and when should one retire. Remember, the country comes first.

  • D.Sharma on May 24, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Overrated Tendulkar couldn't do anything this season. As always, fails when the team needs his the most. I thought it only happened to team India, it also happens to MI. What a shame. He has lost his chance to retire gracefully, shame on Statchin.

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  • D.Sharma on May 24, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Overrated Tendulkar couldn't do anything this season. As always, fails when the team needs his the most. I thought it only happened to team India, it also happens to MI. What a shame. He has lost his chance to retire gracefully, shame on Statchin.

  • on May 24, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Sachin - Thank you for your service to the game of Cricket. May I request you to allow youngsters to take the stage. There are plenty of examples in world cricket showing how and when should one retire. Remember, the country comes first.

  • CricketMaan on May 24, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is a team full of stars and generally in sport that doesnt work. They better start supporting local talents like Rahane, Dhawal, Powar, Iqbal and even Zak. It might turn out be a local Ranji team, but there is enough talent locally for them not to look elsewhere.

  • N.Sundararajan on May 24, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Sundararajan from Chennai Why don't you have the courage and conviction to say that Sachin Tendulkar is over the hill and should retire, or at least stop playing these forms of cricket ! His endorsements and contracts perhaps will not allow him to ! He is losing grace, in addition to losing his game, cannot bowl, hardly handles the ball from the outfield, is not the captain, and is living on past glory only ! And unfortunately he will not learn from Rahul Dravid ! At least he should check the votes % in cricinfo.com opinion poll on which of the retired seniors do people want to see in IPL 2013 !

  • SouthPaw on May 24, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    The biggest flop show was Harbhajan Singh, as a bowler. As a captain or batsman, there were no expectations as he has no skills in those areas.

  • CricketRealtime on May 24, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Mumbai Indians definitely bought good local players in Ojha, Karthik and deadly T20 players in Jacobs, Levi and Dwayne Smith. Ojha surprisingly struggled throughout and all South African openers didnt know how to play spin. Fourth spot is disappointing but in current year's IPL, DD and KKR are the two top teams followed by MI. Winning last over games are also about handling pressure and staying calm and MI did that better than the rest. @CricketRealtime

  • ProdigyA on May 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I could not understand Sachin's batting stratergy for MI this season. Obviously he was playing the sheet achors role and trying to play till the end. But what is the point when your SRate is about 100 in a T20 match. Yesterday, when they had to be aggressive from ball one, Sachin was still playing too many dot balls. I believe, he is at his best when in attacking and positive mode.

  • on May 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Time for Tendulkar to hang his boots. He is playing from memory alone. His best days are also a distant memory.

  • Lonely_Walker on May 24, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    we need a consistent opener like Warner ,Sehwag ,Murali Vijay etc ...n Bhajji is the worst tym of his career for the past 2-3 years if i m nt wrong ...Hope MI crrcts these mistakes next tym . ST4L <3

  • on May 24, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    mi problem is CAPTAIN - CAPTAIN HOT they have.... HE IS NOT FIT for any format.... Guys Team RR finished 7th on points table, but finished first on fair play and had their heads high... they also positive NRR... this is due to their gentleman captain.... MUMBAI NEED ONE GENTLEMAN CAPTAIN..... LAST WHOLE NIGHT I COULD NOT SLEEP AFTER FIFTH CONSECUTIVE IPL CUP DREAM SHATTER... BUT I Could not figure any good Captain for MI....