Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling coach Shane Bond has explained that the decision to promote Daniel Sams to No. 3 in the pursuit against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) was an attempt to try something different because they had nothing to lose. He did, however, admit that the versatile Aussie didn’t take his chances with the bat.
Mumbai beat Chennai by five wickets in Thursday’s (May 12) IPL 2022 match at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing 98, MI sent Sams to bat at No. 3 after Ishan Kishan was killed on the cheap. Sams couldn’t impress though and was trapped lbw for 1 (6) by Mukesh Choudhary.
During the post-match conference, Bond was asked about the motive for this curious decision. Reply to a sportskeeda asks, he says:
“Daniel probably hasn’t shown the talent he has with the bat. There was talk at the start of the year (season) of, maybe, taking the opportunity to give him the order and see what he can do. He hasn’t taken the chance yet. We’ve seen through the BBL this year that he got to No. 4 and performed well. It’s a decision that didn’t pay off. Because you’re at the bottom of the board, you have a chance to try something different like that.
Although he fell short with the bat, Sams walked away with “player of the match” honor for his excellent 3 of 16 numbers. He knocked out Devon Conway and Moeen Ali in the first round, before also adding the Scalp by Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Praising the left-arm designer, Bond said:
“He’s done really well. Obviously I have a relationship with Daniel that goes back a long way. We worked together at Sydney Thunder for three years (when Bond was the coach) so we have a close working relationship. He “Would admit he was disappointed with his performances earlier in the tournament. But he worked very hard to come back. He takes key wickets for us early in the innings. He played that last one against Gujarat and it was amazing.”
“He’s a quality player. His bowling is getting better and better.”
Sams conceded 35 points in a game against the Kolkata Knight Riders where Pat Cummins hammered the IPL fifty fastest. He has made an incredible comeback since then and was among the most impactful pacers at IPL 2022.
‘You want to give guys more than one game’ – Bond on possible changes to MI playing XI
Mumbai made two changes to their playing XI on Thursday. Birthday boy Kieron Pollard was dropped in favor of Tristan Stubbs while Hrithik Shokeen replaced Murugan Ashwin. When asked if any other changes could be expected in upcoming games, Bond replied:
“I’m not sure that’s the short answer. Even though we made some changes today, you still want to give guys more than one game. I don’t think that’s a case even in the position you’re in that you’re playing against 25 team members. You try to identify opportunities for players who deserve it through their training performance and who can perhaps perform next year. We have a few games to play. It’s up to the players to seize this opportunity.
Mumbai’s remaining IPL 2022 matches will be against SunRisers Hyderabad (May 17) and Delhi Capitals (May 21).