Skipper MI Rohit Sharma tells secret behind win IPL 2015: treated every game like a final
Kolkata: After suffering five defeats from their first six games, Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma showed tremendous resilience winning seven of their last eight games to finish second in the league and in the first qualifying match, they beat Chennai Super Kings.
Written off after four defeats in a row to start in the IPL, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Monday said their revival and subsequent title triumph was triggered by the belief that every match was the final of his team.
After suffering five defeats from their first six games, Sharma and co. has shown impressive resilience winning seven of their last eight games to finish second in the league and in the first qualifying match they beat Chennai Super Kings.
Pitted against familiar enemies CSK in shock at the top – against whom they have played all their three finals – MI capped the turnaround thrash brigade brilliantly yellow Mahendra Singh Dhoni 41 runs to win their second title in the Garden of Eden, Sunday evening .
“To be honest, there was no case of game-changing for us. We did not have any cases of this kind. We knew when we were going to lose, we would be on the tournament and we treat every game like a final because it was our last game, “said Sharma of the news conference after the match.
Crediting their coach and two-time World Cup winning Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting to guide him through, Sharma said he enjoys his captain. “Ponting played a huge role. He came and helped me a lot in terms of captain. He was such a great captain for Australia. He brings that experience to the table.
Even when we won the title in 2013, he was not playing, he guided us through and was very much a part of our team. He was there to help.
“Basically, I try to keep things simple. I want to my strength and many listen to me on the ground and I go by my instincts on the field. The planning, the strategy that we have done for two months seemed to really work well. ”
He also heaped praise on the team’s support staff for standing up to the challenge and deliver when it mattered most.
“There were times when we do not win games. As captain, it was important to keep the team to stay together and not let drift. We knew we would have our way when we do our guys good foundation. We obtained that can individually play. It was a question of putting together and we did it to perfection. “
“I have very good teammates, a good group of guys who are ready for the challenge and perform. At any time when we are in trouble guys rose to the challenge and put in the given opposition. That’s all he needed to win a tournament. You try to win those little moments and we did well, “said Sharma.
“Credit to each of us and not just the 11 players. It is the team that deserves a lot of credit. The support staff also worked hard behind the scenes and some of them unnoticed,” said -it welcoming their support which included nine -man icon Sachin Tendulkar team.
The MI skipper said he liked to bat first and take the attack to the opposition in big games and the call of Captain Dhoni bowling in the first after winning the toss was a sign Welcome.
“It was a good draw to lose. When MS said he would bowl first, I was little happy inside. It is a great game, you want to put runs on the board and put pressure on the opposition. This exactly what happened. In big games, you would like to do this is my preference. “
Sharma, who also has a century against KKR IPL, a world record ODI score of 264 and a first test hundred to Eden, looked in traffic after it came with 1/1 in MI the first course.
The MI skipper hit a 26-ball 50 while Lendl Simmons hit a 45-ball 68 as their enforcement partnership from 67,119 bales to put up a huge 202/5, the second highest total in IPL final.
Sharma said that they have never been eyeing in a total of more than 200. “We just hit normally. It was always important to have partnership with wickets in hand and get momentum. We wanted beats normally and at the same time we wanted to be aggressive as well. Our partnership was important as later Rayudu and Pollard finished well. “
Things can not go well for the CSK skipper Dhoni but Sharma supported the Indian World Cup winning captain and said he is a champion.
“There is a certain way it goes with his stick. It was a big match winner for KSB and India.
The situation was probably not right now he would have waited over openers.
“You have to give credit to our bowlers for the way they limit as CSK did not get off to a good start and it is becoming difficult when you lose wickets.”