Mumbai Indians stole victory in the last ball of the pinnacle clash as they beat Chennai Super Kings by one run to register their fourth Indian Premier League (IPL) title win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Following another successful season, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma credited the whole team including the support staffs for coming out as a unit.
Chasing 150 runs set by Mumbai Indians, Shane Watson powered Chennai to almost home after Rahul Chahar guided Mumbai to a superb comeback in the middle overs. Watson once again fired in the final chipping in with 80 runs before Jasprit Bumrah, and Lasith Malinga bowled two outstanding overs to seal the tie. Previously, the Chennai bowlers did a terrific job to contain Mumbai for 149 runs with Deepak Chahar picking three wickets while Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir picking two wickets each.
Everyone has contributed to this success: Rohit
Speaking at the end of the game, Rohit Sharma admitted they have played some good cricket throughout the season, and this title is the result of that. He also added that everyone from the squad has chipped in at one point of the game including the support staffs. Rohit also made a special mention about his bowlers who have stood up in crunch situations and won them matches.
“Throughout the tournament, we played some good cricket which was the reason we qualified at the top. We planned to split the tournament into two parts, everything we did as a team, we got the rewards for them. We have a squad of 25 players, everyone came in at some stage and did the job; the support-staff as well.
Our bowling, in particular, was excellent, at different stages in the game, the bowlers put their hands up and brought us back. Every bowler who got an opportunity put their hand up, took responsibility and that’s why we got the rewards for it,” Rohit said at the end of the match.
Rohit Sharma also added that he backed Lasith Maling for the last over as the veteran Sri Lankan cricketer has been in that stage for a countless number of times. The Mumbai skipper also added that this journey has been a learning curve for him as a skipper and the process will continue.
“Malinga is a champion, he has been doing it for many years for us. I was thinking of Hardik for the final over, but I wanted to back someone who has been in that situation for us before, and Malinga has been there many times. I am learning in every game, every time I take the field,” Rohit concluded.