Mumbai Indians are without a doubt one of the strongest franchises of the Indian Premier League. The team has won three IPL titles. Against some of their arch rivals like Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians on many occasions have managed to dominate the game.
The franchise also holds one of the best success rates at their home ground, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The team has played a total of 59 matches at the venue since IPL began in 2008, out of which they have managed to win 36 and lost 23. Their winning percentage at the venue is 61. Although, the story is somehow a bit opposite this year. Mumbai Indians team member Aditya Tare says the team is not up to the mark at home this year.
We have not been strong at home this year, says Aditya Tare
Out of the 6 games that Mumbai Indians have played at Wankhede this year, they have only managed to win 2 of them. Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper batsman Aditya Tare says this has been the reason of worry for the team. As per reports in PTI, Aditya Tare says losing at home is disappointing. “The major thing is that we haven’t been up to the mark at the Wankhede. This franchise has always been very tough to beat at the Wankhede. But unfortunately, we haven’t been as strong at home this year. That’s the only worry for me. From the team’s point of view, it is quite clear – we win two and you are there (in playoffs). Anything can happen”, says Aditya Tare.
Aditya Tare believes the lack of consistency is the major reason for poor performance
Speaking further, the right-handed batsman says this year the team has not been able to click together as the team and that hurt their performances. “Results haven’t gone our way. We just can’t blame the batters. It has been a tournament where we haven’t sort of clicked together as a team and when we have, we have won games. The games we have lost, sometimes we could have defended totals. When you lose, it’s important that you share that responsibility for the loss equally as you share the responsibility of a win”, quotes Aditya Tare.
Mumbai Indians are the defending champions of the IPL. Although their this year’s performance is way below par and managed to win only 5 games out of the 12 so far. The team now has to win all two of their remaining fixtures to keep their hopes of making to the playoffs alive.