Mumbai Indians have made a poor start to IPL 2016, having lost three out of their four matches so far. They succumbed to their third defeat of the season, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on Monday.
Skipper Rohit Sharma was obviously not happy with his team's recent performances and has slammed the batsmen for their poor form.
"When you have that kind of a score, you can only hope for the bowlers to come out and do the job. But you cannot always expect that from the bowlers. We have got a lot of experience in the squad. But the batsmen are not able to get a big score," Rohit was quoted as saying by India Today.
"We did not score enough runs in all the three games that we lost. The only game we won, we chased 180-plus and one of the batsmen batted through the innings."
Rohit himself has not been in great touch for quite some time. The only sensible innings that he played in IPL 2016 was against the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, where he helped his side to chase down a big total.
If he wants his side to start winning matches in this edition of the IPL, he needs to get back to scoring ways to set an example. If Rohit leads from the front, it can always change the mindset of the other players in the team, and will help in yielding positive results in the tournament.
However, it is still early days in the IPL, as Mumbai Indians will still play another 10 matches after this. Rohit is hopeful that his team can manage a turnaround in the upcoming matches.
Mumbai Indians have also made similar starts to the IPL a number of times in the past, only to make a late run and enter the playoffs. Rohit feels MI can do it again in IPL 2016.
"I do not want to press the panic button as it is too early. We have been in same situation in the last couple of years," Rohit added.