The Mumbai Indians secured an emphatic win against the Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator of the 2023 Indian Premier League on Wednesday, May 24 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. They won the match by 81 runs to sail through to Qualifier 2 against Gujarat Titans. Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma opened up on their journey in the season so far.
The five-time Indian Premier League champions’ campaign did not start off well. They lost two matches at the start of the season. However, three consecutive wins put them back on the track. Since then, it has been a season of ups and downs for the franchise. They managed to qualify for the knockouts as the Royal Challengers Bangalore lost to the Lucknow Super Giants in the last league game.
Responding to whether he thought that the Mumbai Indians will make it to playoffs after a poor start, Rohit Sharma said,
“I definitely thought about it. That is what we have done over the years. People don’t expect us to do certain things but we come out of all the obstacles and then manage our way through to get what we want.”
“Honestly, we, at the start of the season, knew a lot of work had to be done compared to what happened last season. We worked through it, scrambled through it. It was a scrappy one but I would take that anyway.” he added.
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I knew Akash Madhwal had the skills and the character to do the job for us: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma also praised Akash Madhwal who has had a breakthrough Indian Premier League 2023 season. He expressed that he knew the pacer has the skills and the character to do well for the Mumbai Indians. Rohit further added that it is important to make the youngsters comfortable in the team. He said,
“He (Akash) was part of the team last year as a support bowler, and once Jofra (Archer) was gone and I knew he had skills and the character to do the job for us.”
“Over the years, we have seen many guys coming in from Mumbai Indians and playing for India. It is important to make them (youngsters) feel special and make them feel part of the team, my job is to just make them comfortable in the middle. They are very clear in their roles about what they need to do for the team and that’s what you want,” added Rohit Sharma.
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