Rohit Sharma cherishes big win over CSK: ‘Wanted to win this desperately’

first_imgRohit Sharma was a relieved captain as his 56 not out steered Mumbai Indians (MI) to an eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association in Pune on Saturday.Rohit kept a cool head in the end and smashes four boundaries off Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over to almost guarantee the win for MI. Finally, it was a single from Hardik Pandya to gave Mumbai the win, with two ball remaining.It was a must-win situation for Mumbai who had won only one match off their last six games. With this win, MI now have two wins off seven matches and keep their hopes alive in the tournament.Rohit was appreciative of the overall performance and credited a collective effort for the win over MS Dhoni’s CSK. Despite a blistering beginning from Ambati Rayudu and a 75 not out from Suresh Raina, MI bowlers managed to restrict CSK to 169/5.Also read – MS Dhoni looks at positives after Mumbai loss: ‘Losses like these make you humble’Thereafter, Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis gave MI a perfect opening partnership and Rohit and Pandya finished the job.”Very much alive (in the IPL). Wanted this win desperately. Spoke to the boys that we didn’t want to take any decisions for the team in desperation. Wanted to stay calm. We’ve played good cricket. But that finishing touch wasn’t happening. Today we batted well, bowled well, fielded well. When you want to win games like this, all three departments have to come collectively. That’s when you get results,” Rohit said after receiving the man-of-the-match award.advertisementAlso read – IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma 56* trumps Raina 75* in MI’s 2nd victoryRohit hoped that the team could take momentum from this win and continue with a similar performance in the games to come.”If I look back at it, except the Sunrisers game where we batted poorly. Rest of the game we put on 190-plus. Even when we were defending, the bowlers nearly pulled it out for us. Hope we will continue from here on, this should give us momentum,” Rohit said.Rohit said that as a captain, he needed to understand the strength of the unit and create a team balance. He added that the players were ready to sit out for the benefit of the team.”We saw how this tournament is, batting-dominated tournament. Few bowling teams like Sunrisers have defended low scores, but for me as captain, I need to understand what our strengths are. Guys are ready to miss out if team balance demands, we have a positive atmosphere in the dressing room, we still backed our team.”Kieron Pollard was dropped from the match and JP Duminy took his place in the side. Pollard has been an MI stalwart since he joined the franchise in 2010 and MI last played without him in 2016.The Mumbai Indians captain said it was difficult to drop Pollard but he does not want to dismiss him completely. He added that there will be changes in the team going forward, according to the opposition and the surface.”Leaving out Pollard was tough, it was hard. He’s done so many good things for us.He was ready to accept that, going forward I don’t want to dismiss him completely. He’ll still be a match-winner but we’ve go with whatever gives us a chance to win. JP had done well for us, as he’s done for Delhi. I don’t want to be dismissive of anyone. We may have a few surprise changes going forward, whatever gives us a chance to win.”last_img

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