|| India Correspondent ||
Mumbai Indians’ bowling unit hugely dependent on their pace-duo – Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult and they have together claimed 43 wickets so far this season in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, both of them were rested in their final group league match against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Monday. With Mumbai already sealed their place in the playoffs, the team management decided to make the decision for both Bumrah and Boult as the two bowlers had played all the previous 13 games of the league.
However, in their absence, Mumbai failed to take a single wicket of SRH as they won by 10 wickets in the last league match.
While Bumrah has taken 23 wickets so far, Boult has 20 wickets in his name. Notably, the New Zealander left-arm pacer has claimed 12 wickets in the powerplay which has helped Mumbai to restrict the opponent as well.
"You have to give credit to SRH. But having said that, we have to take the long term view of the tournament. It has been a busy schedule especially for fast bowlers like Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. It is not just about the back-to-back fixtures but also the travel between Sharjah and Dubai. The SRH game was an opportunity to give those guys a break," said Mumbai bowling coach Shane Bond while speaking to reporters.
"Games in IPL come thick and fast. To be able to rest some of our players is a bonus for us after we qualified early. Everybody has had game time, it is good for us in case someone picks an injury," he further added.
Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Capitals on Qualifier 1 on Thursday, November 5.