Mumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and player Parthiv Patel and Shane Bond pose for media before press conference of their IPL 2017 win, in Mumbai on Monday.
Mumbai: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma and player Parthiv Patel and Shane Bond pose for media before press conference of their IPL 2017 win, in Mumbai on Monday.

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians won IPL 10 by defeating Rising Pune Supergiant by one run in Hyderabad. After that, Mumbai Indians came to Mumbai and interacted with media about the game, challenges and the journey of winning the trophy in Mumbai. During the press conference, Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma as well as Parthiv Patel and Shane Bond were present at Trident Hotel on Monday in Mumbai. The captain made some interesting observations.

Dropping Harabhajan Singh

In IPL 10, Harbhajan Singh did not play a match. On it, Rohit said, “It was just a tactical change. Nothing was related to performance.”

2013, 2015, 2017, which win was special?

Mumbai Indians have won the IPL trophy three times, in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Rohit said, “All three (2013, 2015 and 2017) are special for me. Last game was brilliant, to be part of one of the best T20s. I can not single out any one every win is very very special. We have a put a lot of hard work in it, so I want to cherish all of them. But certainly, my best T20 game was last night.”

Challenges faced

“The challenge in the game of IPL will always be there. A new set of players are joining the team. A new support staff is coming in, that comes with IPL. You have face that challenge, for that you have to know them very well. And we are very glad for we had the same staff during the games.”

Difference between coaches

In IPL 10, Mahela Jayawardene was the coach of the Mumbai Indians team. On this Rohit said, “Different coaches are different. Ricky Ponting and Mahela (Jayawardene) are separate individuals. But both of them have vast experience and immense knowledge about the game. Both taught us how they dealt with and handled situations when they were playing, and that helped us a lot. Have been around both coaches so I have learnt so many things.”

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Team work

“I feel individual brilliance can win you a few games but what is required to win a championship is team unity and team work. These are the factors which I believe personally is very critical to win a championship.”

Rivalry between Pune and Mumbai (Misal vs Vada Pav)

When it was confirmed that the final match will be held between Mumbai and Pune, Punekars and Mumbaikars started trolling each other on social media by saying that it’s a match between misal pav and vada pav. Reacting to it, Rohit said, “A match between Mumbai and Pune get most people excited because both teams are from Maharashtra. Till the final, we have played three matches with Pune, and lost all. For the final, we did plan to prove anything. We just wanted to play the game. We were just thinking about the game and team work. But, I don’t know about what vada pav and misal pav were trending on social media.”

Low-scoring IPL Final

Mumbai Indians scored only 129 for eight after electing to bat, and Rohit said they were 30-40 runs short of what would have been a winning score on the pitch. “Our target on this wicket was 140 to 160. 160 on this wicket probably would have been a match-winning score,” Rohit opined.

All praise for Kunal Pandya

Rohit couldn’t stop praising Krunal Pandya, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his vital 47 runs. Asked if he aspired to become India captain, Rohit gave a diplomatic reply. “It’s thinking too far ahead. I don’t think too far ahead. When the opportunity comes, if it comes, I will grab it with both hands,”

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