Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma hailed the batting effort of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya after his side managed to get a big win against the Kings XI Punjab on Thursday. At one stage, MI were 87-3 after the end of 14 overs and the KXIP bowlers looked to be in full control. However, MI knew about KXIP’s poor death bowling and capitalized on the last six overs, scoring 104 runs and posting a more than competitive total of 191-4 in their 20 overs.
Kieron Pollard starred with the bat, in the end, scoring a quickfire 47 off just 20 balls. Hardik Pandya also chipped in with a cameo of 30 from 11 balls. Both Hardik and Pollard have been finishing innings for Mumbai Indians for a number of seasons now and Rohit was extremely happy with their consistent performances.
“(It) Was a great win. We didn’t start really well, but…(with) the kind of attack Punjab has we wanted to capitalize on that towards the back-end. Hardik and Pollard back themselves to get those runs in the end,” said Rohit Sharma during the post-match presentation via host broadcaster Star Sports.
“They (Hardik and Pollard) have done that on many occasions. It is nice to have them in form. Overall, very happy with the batting performances. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy with the ball. We knew taking early wickets was crucial. We did that,” he added.
The captain looks good when the bowlers execute plans well: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma himself was the top-scorer from the MI innings as he scored a brilliant 70 runs from just 45 balls. After losing Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav early, Rohit first consolidated the MI innings and then targeted the KXIP bowlers like Jimmy Neesham towards the back-end of the innings. However, he wanted to point out the good bowling performances of MI which helped them beat KXIP by 48 runs. He believes that a captain looks good only when the team performs well.
“The captain looks good when the bowlers execute plans well. Feels good to get to 5000 runs. I didn’t look much into it. Winning the game was more important,” Rohit Sharma concluded.