After defending champion Mumbai Indians (MI) failed to qualify for the 2021 IPL playoffs, Rohit Sharma said “it was a collective failure of the group.” However, the 5-time IPL-winning captain also said that the franchise and its fans can be proud of all the great achievements throughout the years.
Ishan Kishan (84 of 32) and Suryakumar Yadav (82 of 40) gave it their all as Mumbai Indians in their quest to beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 171 runs or more and qualify for the 2021 IPL playoffs, with 235/9 in 20 overs. However, on a good hitting surface at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday, SRH’s batting unit led by 41-ball 69 substitute captain Manish Pandey denied the two-time defending champions a chance. At the end of the day, all Mumbai could do is console itself with a 42-run win to end its IPL 14 campaign.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma calculated that his team lost momentum due to the Covid-imposed hiatus and collectively failed as a group. He added that fans have high expectations of the 5-time champions and therefore not qualifying for the playoffs was disappointing.
“When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you are always expected to come out and act. I wouldn’t call that pressure. More than anything, it’s expectations. It was very difficult (to drop big players), I want to support the players and keep the same. team up and running. We’ve had high and low season this time. We’ve had a fabulous career as a franchise. It was wonderful to be a part of this setup, we can be very proud of that. We were picking up momentum in Delhi and there was a hiatus, that didn’t help the team. It was a collective failure of the group. Very happy with today’s victory, we gave everything, I’m sure it was entertaining for the fans too. They have always supported us, they have always supported us. A little disappointed that we did not do it “said Rohit sahram.
Rohit Sharma praises Ishan Kishan
The IM captain heaped praise on Ishan Kishan, who was declared Man of the Match for his stellar show against the Sunrisers. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper hitter reached the fastest fifty of IPL 2021 with just 16 balls before racking up 63 of his own runs in powerplay overs. Only Suresh Raina and Adam Gilchrist have connected more runs than Kishan in single-game powerplay overs. The Patna-born now also holds the record for the fastest fifty by a batsman for the Mumbai Indians.
Rohit Sharma said the opening space suits the young man and he likes to perform when challenged.
“He (Ishan Kishan) is a very talented player, the correct batting position is very crucial. Today was a perfect game for him. That’s the situation he likes. It was wonderful to see him from the other side.”
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