Rohit Sharma believes MI’s 5-0 record in UAE not a problem
The Indian Premier League (IPL) last played at the United Arab Emirates was in 2014. During the IPL 2014 season, Mumbai Indians put up a poor performance as they could not win a single game at UAE.
But, the skipper of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma believes that the poor past record in 2014 will not stop them to clinch the title in the 13th edition of the IPL which is set to start from 19th September.
The tournament was shifted from India to UAE due to the local general elections in 2014. Mumbai Indians came to the tournament as the defending champions but did not win a single game in 5 matches they played at UAE.
However, the captain of defending champions, Rohit Sharma is ready to start the upcoming season with a victory. Though they lost all their games at UAE, they came back strongly and managed to qualify for playoffs in 2014.
“We have only 2-3 players from that squad. I am not too fussed about it. Yes, we did not have a great experience (in 2014). But the team is completely different now, the thought process and everything are different,” Rohit said during the video conference.
“We are talking about six years, it is a lot of time and I think we did well after coming back from the UAE to India. As I said, understanding the conditions and the pitches here will be very, very crucial and we are giving a lot of thought and emphasis on that.”
“Eventually, the pitches here are going to play a huge part, to understand that and adapt quickly and play to your potential and to play according to what has been asked of is very very crucial.
“I think the past performances will not play any part, this time around as I said it is only two-three players who were part of that squad. Myself, Pollard and Bumrah, he played only one game that year, besides both of us, none of these guys as part of the 2014 squad.”
“The team is different, the thought process is different, the staff is different and we are looking forward to a great IPL this year. We want to put out a great performance, we want to start well, so focus and the planning has been on that,” the skipper of Mumbai Indians concluded.
The most successful franchise in the history of IPL, Mumbai Indians will play their first game of the season against Chennai Super Kings on 19th September. While Mumbai Indians are in full strength, Chennai franchise will miss their key players in the form of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh.