Mumbai: Mumbai Indians would addres the issue of finding a replacement for injured opener Aaron Finch after tomorrow’s game against Chennai Super Kings here, said captain Rohit Sharma after confirming that the Australian has been ruled out of the tournament. “Yeah, he’s out. Nothing has been decided whether we need an opener or a middle order batsman (as replacement). We are playing an important game tomorrow. We wanted to focus on that. We will see about the replacement after this game,” said Rohit at the pre-game media conference at the Wankhede Stadium here today.
Finch was ruled out of the T20 League after injuring his hamstring while going for a run during MI’s match against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad. “We are thinking about it. We have come up with some names, but nothing has been confirmed yet. We thought we needed to look at a few more options. We will check them and decide. But it has to be done quickly,” Rohit added.
Rohit also said that Harbhajan Singh, who did not play the game against Royals due to a sore neck, is fit to play tomorrow’s game. “Harbhajan is looking very good,” the MI skipper said. Asked whether West Indian Lendl Simmons would open in place of Finch, Rohit was non-committal. “We will have a good training session and decide the best team combination for tomorrow.”
Rohit indicated as much that he will bat at No.4 against the Super Kings, a slot he went in at against Royals after opening with Finch in the first two games. “Looking at the balance and combination of the team it’s better for me to bat at No.4. I don’t know whether I will open the innings in the games to come. Everything depends on balance. If we get that balance right I will bat wherever I and the team feel right. Right now I feel I am better off holding myself at No.4,” said Rohit.
The scorer of two double hundreds in ODIs quickly sprang to the defense of his bowlers when it was suggested that it was the squad’s weak link. “In the first six overs we need to bat well (too). Our focus is to bat well in the first six overs and despite batting badly we had scored 160-plus in all three games. It’s a concern. We are addressing this issue,” he said.
“We are trying to make so many changes, because we want to get that combination right. I feel once we start winning everything will fall in place.”