Mumbai Indians (MI) power-hitter, Hardik Pandya is optimistic about his team’s chances to win their fifth IPL trophy after registering a comprehensive 57-run victory over Delhi Capitals.
Mumbai stormed into their second consecutive IPL final after annihilating DC in Qualifier on Thursday. Hardik Pandya smashed a 14-ball 37 with the help of 5 sixes and catapulted MI’s score to 200. Pandya and Ishan Kishan added 60 runs in 23 balls in the death overs.
Delhi got off to a poor start, losing three wickets without a run on the board. Jasprit Bumrah registered his career-best figures of 4/14 and was adjudged the player of the match.
The team has several match-winners: Hardik Pandya
In a video uploaded on Mumbai Indians’ social media, Hardik Pandya is chatting with his elder brother, Krunal Pandya after the game. Hardik said that the team’s main goal is collective brilliance and not just any individual success. He observed that at different times, someone has stepped up for the team and won them matches. The younger Pandya is happy to see several match-winners in the team.
In the video on Mumbai’s social media account, Hardik Pandya said, “For me, the best part about this season I have loved is, this team is never about Purple Cap, never about Orange Cap. I mean it’s never about individual brilliance. But I have to tell you that I am so proud of this team this year because individuals have stepped up when even some of their teammates haven’t.
“If someone has had a bad day, I have seen multiple times that someone has put his hand up and done it. And the best thing about this team is that it has so many match-winners.”
Mumbai Indians storm in the finals [Photo-IPLT20]The right-hander has scored 278 runs at a strike rate of 182 and has hit 25 sixes this season. The 27-year-old is confident that they will win the final. He feels they just need to play the good and hard cricket they have played throughout the tournament, and they could win the cup for successive time.
“This team is just fantastic and I just wish that… and we will get it. I am confident about the final, just play good cricket, hard cricket and honest cricket. And we will take the cup with us. Let’s get the cup one more time. It’s coming,” Hardik Pandya added.