In the 54th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will encounter each other. This is the most important game of the season, with the winner taking a significant stride towards the playoffs. However, as has been the case throughout the season, the five-time champions have struggled with critical player injuries. Jofra Archer, their premier pacer, has been declared out for the entire season, and Chris Jordan has replaced him.
In addition, Tilak Varma missed the match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) due to injury. Rohit Sharma, captain of MI, stated at the toss that the left-hander is’slightly injured’ but did not elucidate. “Tilak Varma is slightly injured,” Rohit had said, without providing any additional information.
In the meantime, Tilak Varma’s availability for Tuesday’s crucial match against RCB is uncertain. Having played several crucial strikes for MI this season, if healthy he will return to the lineup immediately. In nine innings, the southpaw has scored 274 runs at an average of 45.66 and a strikeout rate of 158.38. In addition, his ability to play spin effectively makes room for the MI batting lineup.
His absence in the previous match compelled captain Rohit Sharma to drop to number three. However, the strategy failed as he scored a three-ball duck, placing additional pressure on the middle order. In the match against RCB, Tilak Varma’s return to the playing eleven will alleviate a number of problems for Mumbai Indians.
MI Proable Playing XI: Ishan Kishan, Cameron Green, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma/Tristan Stubbs, Tim David, Nehal Wadhera, Chris Jordan, Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Arshad Khan