MI vs CSK, Indian Premier League: Important To Back Your Core Group Of Bowlers, Says Rohit Sharma

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Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Saturday said that playing at the Arun Jaitley Stadium suits his side’s style of play but you will need to back the bowlers who will be under pressure at smaller grounds. All-rounder Kieron Pollard (87 off 34 balls) blazed absent to the fastest half-century of the ongoing league as Mumbai Indians whip Chennai Super Kings by four wickets in the IPL. It was once MI’s second win in as many games here with a few matches more to go. The defending champions had struggled at the Chepauk, where they managed to win only two of their five games.

“It suits our style of play, and yes, the bowlers will be under pressure, but that’s where you back the bowlers. There will be games where the bowlers will go for runs, but it’s a must to back your core group of bowlers,” Rohit said after the high-scoring match.

Talking approximately the game in which the Mumbai bowlers gave absent 218 runs, Rohit said: “I are aware of it’s all the time hard for the bowlers on a good pitch and smaller ground. We wanted to stay positive once we finished (bowling our) 20 overs.

“We got a good start and saw what happened. I intent we just had a brief chat (at the innings break) and said it was once a good pitch. We had shot-makers in our batting line-up and we just wanted to take the game after all.”

The skipper backed the decision to send all-rounder Krunal Pandya at number four.

“Brilliant partnership at the top and Krunal-Polly partnership was once also there. We backed Krunal (at No.4) and he is coming off good form in domestic cricket. A left-hander all the time makes a difference even supposing they [CSK] have an offspinner,” Rohit said.

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt his side wasn’t in a position to implement its plans polite and also rued dropped catches.

“It was once a brilliant wicket. The difference was once the execution. Not being too hard on bowlers, we dropped catches at an important intervals. The bowlers would implement better and memorize from this,” said Dhoni. 

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“Whether you look how it went, we were very off target when it came to execution. You will need to do that. The wicket was once easy to hit. In a tournament like this, you’ll win and lose a couple of near games. When you’re under the pump, you memorize a lot.

“Irrespective where we are in the points table, we take one game at a time. We hardly ever focus where we are standing on the table. That has been our good point along the way,” Dhoni added.

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