Mumbai Indians shoots its self in the foot leaving Jayasuriya out

When you pay someone $975,000 - almost a million USD - you would expect them to work everyday of their stipulated contract. You wont want anyone having a day off when they are only expected to play for a couple of months every year and you are paying them a staggering fee.

Well leaving out Sanath Jayasuriya when your paying him such a large sum of money just defies logic. But it gets more baffling when you go into a must win match. Mumbai are languishing at the bottom of the table and could not afford to leave out a match winner like Jayasuriya.

They missed his left arm spin too. His four overs could well have helped defend the low total Mumbai scrapped up.

Who was behind the move? Sachin? Pollock? Who?

Mumbai opted to drop Sanath Jayasuriya in favour of Luke Ronchi, but the move backfired spectacularly as the Australian ran himself out in the first over.

It was an unbelievable decision from Ronchi as he dropped the ball straight to David Warner at cover and set off. Warner threw down the stumps and he was a yard short of his ground.  - Setanta Sports


Sujan's picture
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Absloute foolishness on part of MI to drop Sanath.

Cricket Tragic's picture

How come everyone seems to think it is a big conspiracy or something? Give Ronchi a chance, he's a very attacking player, only God knows, he might actually prove to be a success. Just remember that people who fetch big money aren't always the best...look @ Freddie, KP, Mahela...they aren't the best players around...look at Jakati, Tyagi, Watson, Marsh and them...they proved to be better picks...

The franchises won't mind paying guys like Sanath to warm the bench as long as it means that the team will win the tournament..:)

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Ronchi's stats:

He hasn't done much to replace Sanath or Sachin as an opener. He could've perhaps come down the order at the expense of another international?

To be honest Mumbai could not gamble by resting match winners in such a crucial game.

NSK's picture
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yep, shocking decision led to the shocking defeat...still cant fathom the logic behind droppin the greatest odi player

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srilanka also suffered dropping sanath twice..srilankan board forced to call the great man MI suffered the same fate

Sanaboy's picture

Yeh, MI shouldn't have dropped Sana, he is a match winner, by way of batting or bowling. If he was dropped due to performance, then Sachin should also be left out from the team. :-D

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Agreed, stupid move by the Mumbai camp. They deserve to be placed where they are in the table.

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