I have managed poor form like Suryakumar, Ishan says Mahela

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A nervy six-wicket win over Punjab Kings in the previous game may have handed five-time champions Mumbai Indians a lifeline in their pursuit of play-offs, but head coach Mahela Jayawardene admits they are a far cry from the invincible look about them during the 2020 season in the UAE.

While Hardik Pandya regained his confidence in the last match with the bat, Suryakumar Yadav and promising Ishan Kishan have looked alarmingly short of confidence so far – but the Sri Lankan legend said batsmen do encounter such phases in their careers.

‘‘I have myself managed such a phase during 2003 and came out of it. You need to understand that Surya is a very important player for us – he’s batting as well as before at the nets. The quality of these players in undeniable – we need to make sure that they are kept in the same balance. It’s a question of spending some time in the middle,’’ said Mahela, who has been appointed as a consultant for Sri Lankan team for the T20 World Cup which follows in the UAE.