Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians bats during match fourteen of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 17th April 2018. Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach, Robin Singh feels that their skipper Rohit Sharma, who is batting at number three brings a lot of balance to their team.

Meanwhile, the defending champions had the worst possible start to this year’s Indian Premier League’s (IPL) edition. They have won only one game out of four matches and will be looking to shift gears.

They will square off against Rajasthan Royals on April 22 (Sunday) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

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Rohit gives balance to the team: Robin

Talking to the reporters during the pre-match conference, Robin admitted Rohit Sharma’s credibility in the team.

Rohit in the middle order gives the team a great balance. Lewis as an opener has done exceptionally well. I don’t think we need to have explosive players everywhere. You need to have a combination of different players in the line-up. Rohit can play any role for us and that is the important thing,” Singh said.

Meanwhile, Rohit started slowly as Mumbai lost three consecutive games.

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However, his knock of 94, after Indians had lost two wickets for no score against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), eventually played a big role in the team while snapping their losing streak and gaining momentum.

IPL 2018: Rohit Adds Balance to Mumbai Indians in Middle Order - Robin Singh
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Scoreboard pressure

So far in the 19 matches played, teams chasing have won 12 times while setting a trend that it will benefit teams who are good at chasing.

However, Robin had a different take on the chasing trend which hasn’t surprised many in the fold including the cricketing pundits.

“Scoreboard pressure is scoreboard pressure. I think most teams prefer to chase now because the batting is quite deep. Being a Twenty20 game, the wickets are more batting friendly. There is a lot of dew in this part of the world in this time of the year. I don’t care what people say that they prefer to chase. If one restricts teams in the first six overs while chasing 180-190, there is always pressure,” Robin concluded.

A Rohit-led Indians team will be determined to continue the winning momentum against Rajasthan Royals and prolong their misery, who are coming back off two losses.

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Ankush Das

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