Last Update on: March 23rd, 2022 at 06:04 pm
The Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma, while talking about playing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 games in Mumbai, said that there is no added advantage to the franchise.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is all set to begin from March 26 and all the games of the league stage will be played in Maharashtra across 4 different venues including Wankhede Stadium, Dy Patil Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.
Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has said that 70-80 per cent of the Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2022 squad has not played in Mumbai. He added that Mumbai Indians will have no added advantage because they will be playing in Mumbai after 2 years.
“I hope you saw the auction, relatively new team, lot of new guys have come into the team, so I don’t believe in added advantage because these guys, like a lot of the guys 70 (or) 80 percent of the squad has not played in Bombay before,” Rohit said at a virtual press conference.
“So there is no such thing as added advantage. Only myself, Surya (Suryakumar Yadav), (Kieron) Pollard, Ishan (Kishan), (Jasprit) Bumrah have played in Bombay a lot. Others have not played, so there is no such thing as added advantage,” he reiterated.
“We all are playing in Bombay after two years, we have not played a single game in Mumbai, in fact the other franchises have played in Bombay last year, we didn’t get to play, so no advantage,” Rohit maintained.
Having two DRS is also a good rule – Rohit Sharma
The India and MI captain Rohit Sharma also talked about the new rules implemented by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). He said:
“Look, that (Mankading) has become legal, so batters will need to pay more attention, when to come out of the crease and when not, so it is very simple, the rules have come and we need to follow them.”
“Secondly, I think it is a good rule, the new batsman should face (the ball) if the batsman gets out, it is important that a bowler is bowling in good rhythm and he gets a wicket, a new batter faces him, especially when he catches out.”
Rohit added that having two DRS in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a good rule as it will reduce the possibility of errors.
“It is a good opportunity for the opposition to keep up the pressure. And having two DRS is also a good rule, because fewer mistakes in the game, the better it is. In international cricket we play with two DRS, so it should be there in the IPL, so I think it is a good move to bring two DRS by the IPL,” said Rohit.
In the Indian Premier League 2022, teams are divided into two groups and the tournament will be played in a new format with the addition of two new teams. While talking about the new format Rohit Sharma said that the planning of the team will not change with the change in format.
“It’s a format that we played in 2011. To be honest, nothing really changes in terms of planning. You have to play the opposition — some you will play only once or some twice.
“There’s not too many changes that we need to make, it’s just that you will be playing certain teams only once, so you need to be prepared because there is no coming back. You need to plan well against those guys, ensure that your bases are covered,” he signed off.
In response to a query from Cricketaddictor, Mahela Jayawardene also emphasized playing in Mumbai, wherein he said, “These are things which aren’t under our control. The last time we played in Mumbai was two and a half years ago and I think this isn’t a tournament where you’ll have that sort of an advantage.”
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