By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Apr 18, 2012
Mumbai Indians have struggled to find a solid opening pair in absence of Sachin Tendulkar, who was ruled out due to a finger injury in the Indian Premier League (IPL) opener, and skipper Harbhajan Singh feels only the master blaster can fix their opening woes.
“Of course, it will be nice to have Sachin back. I’m sure he will be back by the next game if nothing goes wrong. If he is batting with any of the foreigners, it makes it easier for them to score runs. He can take a lot of pressure from the other partner,” said Harbhajan.
Mumbai have tried three different openers in Ambati Rayudu, T Suman and Davy Jacobs alongside Richard Levi, but they have provided a double figure start only once in the last four matches.
“We have to put some runs in the first six overs. If we get a good start, then any team can get 160-170. This is a wicket at the Wankhede where if you get a good start, you can put runs on the board. It didn’t happen to us and we have to look at the options,” Harbhajan was quoted saying by MiD-Day
The Mumbai skipper is also worried about Levi, who was bowled by man of the match Shahbaz Nadeem for one.
“Levi is having a bit of a hard time with the left-arm spinners and we need to reconsider what other options we have at the top. We will see by the next game what is the best possible XI we can play,” Harbhajan observed.