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The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in IPL history. They have five titles over the last ten years, including back to back titles in 2019 and 2020. Over the course of the teams history they have had world class players like Mitchell Johnson, Kevin Pietersen and Sachin Tendulkar.
Despite a huge number of talented players, they currently sit bottom of the IPL table, with only two wins from their first eleven games on the season. With a huge negative NRR of -0.894, the chances of the top four are pretty much over for the Indians. So how did they get into this bad a shape?
The Chennai Super Kings are one of the most successful teams in IPL history and came into the 2022 season as reigning champions. With the super auction, huge changes were made to the Super Kings squad. They were one of a few teams to hold onto four players including captain MS Dhoni.
Despite keeping their major stars, it seems pretty much impossible for Chennai to defend their title this year. They are currently ninth in the IPL having only won four games so far this season. So how has it gone so wrong for Chennai.
In football, the captain may be the leader on the pitch and a representative of the club off it, but the tactics, the style of play, and the decisions taken during the course of a game are very much dictated by the head coach. Meanwhile in rugby, there may be mini-captains, somebody taking charge of the forwards and somebody else leading the backs.
Cricket is different, because it is very much the responsibility of the captain to lead. They make all the decisions on the pitch – who has to bowl and when, where to place the fielders, who should bat when – and is part of the formal leadership of the team off the field as well.