Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma believes in farming success collectively in the final match against Rising Pune Supergiants by one-run on Sunday night. While Mumbai Indians earlier title wins in the year 2013 and 2015 were ambitious by strong individual performances.
The 30-year-old Mumbai skipper Rohit said after their third Indian Premier League title wins at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. “Team unity, teamwork, and intelligence. Personally, I believe they are all critical. That’s what we spoke about it at the start of the tournament.”
“In the three titles we won, we probably had one batsman in the top five in the first two (title victories) and none in that bracket this time. That’s a little sad but it also shows that different individual have come and taken the responsibility. That was the difference; guys stepped up and performed. We never relied on one individual to win us the game,” he explained.
He further added, “Today was the perfect example. That bowling unit came together. We’ve got a few youngsters, inexperienced players, and legends in our bowling unit. It was a combination and we gelled nicely.”
“When you are playing on a show pitch, it’s important to believe that you can defend any target when you are fielding. So that was the talk when we came into the change room after our poor batting display.”
“We spoke about how we played out last game against one of the better batting units in the tournament – KKR – and bowled them out for 105 . Why can’t we do it here? The guys knew the challenge but they rose to the occasion.”
Talking about himself that he felt five bowlers are important to win the game in T20, Rohit said “Hardik (Pandya) and Krunal (Pandya) give us that balance because of the way they bat and bowl. Hardik probably hasn’t bowled much because our five bowlers have delivered consistently.”
Speaking about Krunal, who scored 47 off 38 balls, brilliant performance, he said “Krunal did a brilliant job. Both Pandya brothers have something special in them. When you see them on the field, they are so excited to play the game, they show their emotions.”
“They want to contribute in some or the other way. They contribute in fielding as well which is such a critical part in this format. They try and create an impact. Krunal has become nature now. Last year, he was quite nervous to start with.”
“But now he knows that he is a core member of the squad he just goes out and plays freely. He’s got no pressure. Of course, if you drop a catch, there is a chance of bowling those good overs and take the pressure off and that is exactly what he did.”