Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene has praises of Nitish Rana and all-rounder Hardik Pandya after beating Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede by 4 wickets win in the Indian Premier League 2017.
Chasing target of 179, it was Rana and Hardik hard work who struck off 41 run rise that sealed the deal for the team. Mumbai’s Rana fastens the innings and Hardik have played the attacker’s role and ended the match by 4 wickets over Kolkata Knight Riders.
The head coach of Mumbai Indians honours both Rana and Hard for their hard work for the team which they carried Mumbai through.
After the match in a post-match conference, the 39-year-old head coach Jayawardene said “It’s a funny game. Bit of pressure and few good shots created those opportunities for us and pretty pleased with how the two young players carried us through.”
“Jayawardene further said “The way Nitish batted, he batted through. He’s a very talented player and showed lot of quality today. Hopefully, he grows stronger through the tournament and we can see more of that from him.”
Head coach more said about the reason why Rohit Sharma out of the opening slot, he said: “Well, it is just a decision that we took tactically going forward, we can’t keep playing the same patterns that we played in the past as well.”
He concluded, “Teams tend to target Rohit and put pressure on the other guys as well. He is coming back from an injury, so we just need to slowly get him involved. You may be surprised; you know some of the games he might just open the batting.”
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit also congratulated two young players hard work Rana and Hardik’s in the post-match ceremony. Rohit said, “We were hoping Rana and Hardik would finish it off and they did.”
“It’s important for any team to have young players come in like that and finish the job. I hope they repeat it.”