Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard said that their team sides don’t need to go into the panic button. He stated after the match lost by seven runs on Thursday night against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede stadium.
Pollard, who blasted an unbeaten 50 off 24 balls against Kings XI Punjab, said “It shows we are humans and can’t win every game. As I said we keep improving. We had sort of a dismal performance against Sunrisers (Hyderabad). We have bounced back pretty well on a good wicket. We fought.”
Talking about the match lost against Kings XI Punjab, he said “We are playing against opposition, professionals in their own right. It’s not always you will turn up and win a cricket game. (But) there is no need to panic. We will keep our heads high.”
“We have qualified and the first step in every tournament is a qualification. We have not taken our foot off the gas. (Loss) Just shows we can make mistakes as well. We lost two games in a row. If we pick up momentum and win the next three, then you will be asking how is the championship feeling.”
Talking about his team performances targeting 230, he said “It was a great game of cricket from both sides. We call it (Wankhede track) a bowlers’ graveyard. It’s good we struck to our guns. These are the games you want going into the play-off rounds.”
He added, “Saha batted very well, Mexi as well. They took the initiative right from the start and we knew we were in for a tough game. As I said someone has to win, someone has to lose and we were the losing side.”
Pollard said at the Wankhede Stadium that it was a matching track and was very good to bat on. “Yes, I think so. It was a very good wicket. As you can see runs were scored. It was a very god cricket match as well. In T20 cricket when a side scores 230, more often than not they don’t give you a chance. We came as close as possible.”
Pollard concluded his conversation, talking about less pressure as he was out in the middle and trying to concentrate his job. “These are the moments you practice for. This is what professional sport and cricket is all about. Once you are in the middle the pressure is not as hard as actually watching it from the dug-out. I was in the middle and so it was pretty easy.”
“I don’t know how others were feeling in the dug-out. I know when I am in the dug-out I feel the pressure. Once you are in the middle the pressure is different there is a job to do and you try to do the job to your best (ability),” said Pollard.