Ahead of the season opener against Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma looks confident of doing well in, what are like alien conditions of the UAE. Mumbai Indians wasn’t the happiest side after 5-mathes that MI played in the United Aram Emirates in 2014.
In 2014, when first half of IPL was transferred in the UAE amid general elections in India, Mumbai Indians lost all the five fixtures they played here. However, they made a remarkable turnaround after landing in India and made it to the play-offs that season.
But this time the scenario is little different as the whole tournament will be played in the UAE. Rohit Sharma, though, is quite confident of leaving poor record behind and believes they have a team to win the 13th edition of IPL which is set to begin from September 19th.
Talking over a video conference, Rohit Sharma said, “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.”
“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 was 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,” said Rohit Sharma.
MI, title winners of IPL 2019, will start their title defence from today as they take on MSD’s Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. While MI’s squad is as strong as it gets, CSK has a couple of worries in the form of no Raina and Harbhajan this time.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav/Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis/Murli Vijay, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Piyush Chawla, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur/Lungi Ngidi