Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has said that his team may not be in a good position to qualify for the playoffs this season of IPL, but its players are ready to fight. Mumbai defeated Punjab Kings by six wickets on Tuesday. This was Mumbai’s first win in the second leg. With this win, the defending winning team kept their hopes of making the playoffs alive.
Rohit said, “As a team we haven’t played to our potential but these things happen when you play in a format where you are competing really hard. It’s important to stay within the team and stick with each other. It is a long tournament. Yes, we didn’t have the score we would have liked but we have been in this position many times so we can take confidence from it. We have players in our team ready to fight.
Rohit is happy with all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten 40 off 30 balls.
Rohit said, the way Hardik understood the situation was important from the team’s perspective and also for himself. It is important that they spend some time in between. Ishan Kishan was very tough to drop but as a team we felt we needed a chance somewhere. But when you talk to him, he seems to be very confident. Saurabh Tiwary was batting well, he scored 50 runs against CSK. We wanted someone who could be around, and he played that role well. I am not excluding anyone, we want Ishaan to get back in form and play for the team.
“Kieron Pollard is one of our key players,” he said. For so many years, Mumbai has been an important part of the team. Give him the ball or the bat, he’s ready to go. Those two wickets (Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle) were crucial. (IANS)
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