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'Taking Bumrah Out Of The Attack...': Former SRH Coach 'Slams' Hardik Pandya's Captaincy

Moody criticises Hardik [AP]Moody criticises Hardik [AP]

Former Australian all-rounder and SRH coach Tom Moody believes that Mumbai Indians and Hardik Pandya made a crucial mistake by not utilizing Jasprit Bumrah's overs effectively against Punjab Kings. 

According to Moody, this oversight proved costly for Mumbai Indians and allowed Punjab Kings to make a strong comeback in the game., where they almost reached Mumbai's score.

Jasprit Bumrah showcased his brilliance at Mullanpur stadium, emerging as the key difference-maker for both teams. He dismissed Sam Curran, Rilee Rossouw, and the dangerous Shashank Singh, and his tight bowling in the 17th over swung the game back in favor of Mumbai Indians. Currently, there's arguably no better bowler in the world than Bumrah in this format.

Moody takes dig at Pandya and MI

Bumrah's impact in the early overs tilted the game in Mumbai's favor, but his absence during the crucial middle overs allowed Punjab to regain momentum. According to Moody, Mumbai's over-reliance on Bumrah isn't beneficial. 

"Again, Mumbai leaning on him so much to turn their fortunes around. He bowled two overs early on and had the Punjab Kings on their back. But, interestingly enough, he didn't bowl another over until the 13th," Moody said on Star Sports.

"He's at the peak of his powers at the moment. And that's my point of where I think the Mumbai Indians let the Punjab Kings back into this contest. Coetzee and Bumrah for mine, and I'll be interested to hear what the other fast bowlers think on this show. Should have bowled again to be able to put Punjab completely out onto the campus," he added.

Currently, Mumbai Indians seem to struggle in providing adequate support for bowlers like Bumrah and Coetzee. The captain himself has failed to deliver the goods and that has hurt Mumbai Indians the most.

Additionally, Mumbai Indians appear hesitant to utilize slinger bowler Nuwan Thushara for reasons unknown. This lack of bowling depth could be a concern for Mumbai's performance in the upcoming matches.