The most decorated franchise of the Indian Premium League, Mumbai Indians, has failed to win even a single match this season and now they are looking for any port in a storm like this. As per recent media reports, five-time champion Mumbai Indians approached a seasoned medium-pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni to be part of their team. Dhawal Kulkarni did not attract any franchise in this year’s mega auction and remained unsold. Till now he was part of the commentary team of this IPL’s official media partner.
Before joining commentary, he has been part of Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Lions, and mainly Rajasthan Royals. Dhawal has 86 wickets in 92 matches he played in IPL. He plays for the Mumbai team in Ranji Trophy and has a decent record. His movement with the new ball attracted eys of Indian Selectors and he made his debut in T20 as well as the ODI team. However, he could not secure his place as a fast bowler in the Indian team and had to return to domestic cricket.
Mumbai Indian on the other hand is going through their record low patch, and if they don’t win thein next match against Rajasthan Royals, they will hit a new rock bottom of looking 9 consecutive matches in IPL. MI’s lone warrior Bumrah has failed to pick wickets as he managed to send only five batsmen back to the pavilion in eight matches and has conceded 200+ runs. Mumbai’s other premium fast bowler from last season, Trent boult is making his impact with Rajasthan Royals. In boult’s replacement, MI bought Jofra, an English pace bowler, but due to injury, he could not join MI’s side this year. Other additions to the team such as Thampi, Brewis, Jaydev Unadkat, Tymal Mills and Daniel Sams have also failed to pick wickets and control their economy rates. At this point, for Mumbai Indians, it is not just a game to be played on the ground with bat and ball but also psychological pressure to be handled in mind. After losing the first eight matches, Mumbai Indians is out of the race for this year’s championship for all practical purposes. However, on paper, they are still in the race and will hope for a miracle to make it happen. By bringing an experienced Mumbaikar to their side, they are hoping to make improvements in their below-par bowling side. For Dhawal Kulkarni, it is an opportunity to prove that he is far from hanging his boots and there is much more left in him as a pace bowler. As per media reports, he has already joined the team in quarantine and will soon start training. At this point, if he does not disappoint the coaches of MI with his bowling, he can expect to be part of playing 11 for MI in the remainder of the matches.