Mumbai Indians’ head coach Mahela Jayawardene guided the franchise to an IPL title in his first year (2017) of coaching them and could succeed the third time this year. Mumbai Indians are sitting comfortably at the top of the table with eight points in their kitty; however, Mahela Jayawardene has highlighted that there exists no room for complacency. The defending champions will take on the Delhi Capitals on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.
Mumbai Indians registered their third consecutive victory in IPL 2020 by beating Rajasthan Royals comprehensively. Thus far, Rohit Sharma’s men have lost only to Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the latter to whom they suffered in the super over. However, there is no denying that Mumbai has got one of the most balanced sides with firepower and skill in all the departments. Hence, they could lift the title again this year.
Mahela Jayawardene underlined that currently, Mumbai Indians are doing plenty of things correctly across facets. However, there still exists room for improvement and ensuring that all the players are focussed on every game.
“Right now we have played some consistent cricket, and executing a lot of the skills really well with the ball and bat. So, things are going well but we can still improve, there are certain areas but make sure that everyone is focused on each and every day,” Jayawardene said in the video posted by Mumbai Indians’ official Twitter handle.
Mahela Jayawardene opens up on their performance against Rajasthan Royals:
The former Sri Lankan captain stated that there existed strategies using Jasprit Bumrah, considering the movement off the pitch that they exploited. Jayawardene added that Trent Boult and Bumrah were brilliant with the new ball followed by James Pattinson and the spinners executing their skills well. Hence, he termed it as a clinical performance.
“We had a few plans, there was a different strategy in this game, using Boom (Bumrah) upfront as well. There was a little bit of movement off the wicket, which we saw when we were batting and we thought we will exploit that. Boult and Bumrah were exceptional with the new ball. Jimmy (James Pattinson) came and bowled in some good areas and the spinners were very good, so I thought it was a clinical performance, and I’m quite happy,” he added.