On the eve of his fifth IPL title, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma did not deny that his team had a “slight psychological advantage” for Tuesday’s final against the Delhi Capitals, but declined to accept. dwell on the emphatic victories of the past.
The Mumbai Indians have beaten the Capitals in all three of their previous meetings this season, winning the first leg by five wickets, the second leg by nine wickets and the first qualifier by 57 points.
“There will be a little psychological benefit, yes, but again, what we’ve seen with IPL is that every day is a fresh day, every day is new pressure and every game is a new game.
“So you can’t think too much about what happened in the past,” Rohit said on Monday.
On the eve of the final, however, the skipper did not deny that any victory gives additional confidence to a team.
“To be honest, we can’t think we’ve played these guys before and beat them. We just have to think that they are a new opponent and what will we do as a team against this opponent, ”said one of IPL’s greatest players.
“It’s that easy for us and we continue to do good things on the pitch, I’m sure we’ll have the fifth in the bag.”
“ Boult looks good, is a great asset to the team ”
Trent Boult took a header in the first qualifying, but the skipper is confident that one of his main performers will be available for the game that matters most.
“Trent looks pretty good. He’s going to have a session today with all of us and we’ll see how he’s doing, he’s been doing pretty well the last few days, so his fingers crossed and I hope he’s playing, ”said the skipper.
On a different note, Rohit explained how the Mumbai Indians have been able to build a strong grassroots squad over the years with players like Kieron Pollard, Pandya brothers – Hardik and Krunal – Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar with someone like Boult.
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“Obviously (Boult) is the better bowler with the new ball, when it comes to returning the ball to the batter and luckily for us we had him traded from Delhi and he didn’t disappoint anyone. ‘between us, “Rohit said, recalling what the Capitals are losing.
“Looking at the team, the strength, the balance of this team, you know I can’t point out anything (weakness) to be honest,” said the skipper.
“… And it’s not rocket science, we worked really hard for that, balancing these players, all these players were available for all the teams,” he said.
He congratulated the management of the Mumbai Indians for identifying the right players and investing in them.
“Let me tell you that, you know from No.1 Quinton De Kock to No.11 Jasprit Bumrah, all of these players were available for all teams, but we invested in them early on and we trusted them.
“Great credit goes to the leadership of the Mumbai Indians team, the scout, they did a great job with all these guys making sure they get that comfort, they get that support, if not it doesn’t. is not possible, it is not possible to have a team. like that, ”he said.
So what would he have done if he had led a team against a team like the Mumbai Indians?
“Firstly, it will never happen, I will never go to the opposition camp and captain the other team against MI,” said India’s vice-captain of the white ball, clarifying his priorities.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma also expressed optimism about the services of groin-injured Trent Boult in the IPL final against the Delhi Capitals.
When the two teams met in the first qualifying, Boult left the field after playing twice. MI had won this match comfortably.
Asked about his state of form, Rohit said on the eve of the final: “Trent looks pretty good, he’s going to have a session today with all of us and we’ll see how he’s doing, he’s been pretty good. stopped in the last. days, so fingers crossed and hope he plays.
Rohit also said Boult is the best in the business with the new ball and the swing thrower hasn’t disappointed anyone in the Mumbai squad.
“Yeah, we always wanted someone who could play with the new ball and get those wickets for us on the power play.
“And we’ve looked around the world and obviously Trent, it’s obvious he’s the better bowler with the new ball, when it comes to returning the ball to the batter and to a left-hander, taking the ball away from them.” , it is the best in the business.
Overall, Boult was the third-biggest wicket-taker this season with 22 scalps to his name and only behind Jasprit Bumrah (27 wickets) and Delhi Capitals spearhead Kagiso Rabada (29).
“We always wanted him (Boult) in the team and luckily for us, we had him exchanged from Delhi.
“He didn’t disappoint any of us, he just came and did the job for us with the new ball and also in the middle, he played pretty well in the middle and also in the background a few times , he played well. good.
“So he’s a great asset to have in the squad and I just hope he can do it once again for us,” said Rohit.
‘Hardik is not comfortable with bowling at the moment’
Dubai, November 9 (PTI) All-round Premier Hardik Pandya is still not comfortable enough to play, his Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said on Monday, days before the Indian squad launched into the Australia marquee tour.
On the eve of their IPL final against the Delhi Capitals, Rohit made it clear that Hardik, who did not participate in the 13th edition of this lucrative event, is still falling short when it comes to fitness. .
“He’s not comfortable bowling right now, you know, and we’ve left the whole decision on him,” Rohit said.
The Indian vice-captain, who is seeking an unprecedented fifth IPL silverware, said his versatile swashbucker was “struggling a bit.”
“… If he feels comfortable he will be happy to play bowling, but right now he doesn’t feel comfortable, he’s struggling.
“So I mean it would have been great to have him at the bowling alley but, throughout the season, we’ve given him that cushion to be in that comfort zone and make sure he takes care of.” his body and he did it very well.