Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma expressed happiness over winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) title for the fifth time, saying it was important to maintain the winning habit in which his team was successful. Mumbai beat the Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the final to win the IPL title for the fifth time in the last eight years and Rohit said he was happy with the team’s performance throughout the season.
Rohit said, ‘I am very happy with the way our team performed throughout the season. I said at the start of the tournament that we need to maintain the winning habit. We could not expect more from it. We started our efforts with the first ball and then did not look back. A lot of credit goes to the support staff as well. ‘
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He said, ‘I had to find the right balance to get the best out of the players. I am not one of those captains who are behind the players. It is important to instill confidence in them. Krunal, Hardik and Pollard have been playing their roles for a long time and they know what to do. ‘ Mumbai Indians did not keep Rahul Chahar in the playing XI in the final and Rohit called it a strategic decision. He said, ‘Rahul could not play today and in such a situation it was necessary to make sure that he understood that he did nothing wrong and it was a tactical move. We also made sure that Suryakumar Yadav and Ishaan Kishan play with full confidence.
To save Rohit from getting run out, Suryakumar lost his wicket, the Mumbai captain said, ‘I should have lost my wicket for the form he is in. But he batted well throughout the tournament. Mumbai coach Mahela Jayawardene said that he did not put any pressure on the players from the beginning and allowed them to play free.
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Jayawardene said, ‘We had prepared very well and we organized things well and ensured that there was no pressure on the players. Long shot is in Mumbai’s DNA. We tried to strike a balance this time. ‘ He said, ‘My job is to help the players and explain their role to them. Our team has many leaders and excellent support staff who helped all the time. ‘