Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is arguably the most successful skippers in IPL history. Not only is Rohit Sharma famous for his exploits with the bat, but he also is a shrewd criticism and a calm customer. Of the five titles that the 33-year old scripted for the Mumbai Indians, he picked the 2017 one as the best. Mumbai beat Rising Pune Supergiants by one run to seal their third crown that year.
The 2017 edition saw the Mumbai Indians lose to the Rising Pune Supergiants three times before the final. Hence, while Mumbai had won the title twice, the Steve Smith-led side held the upper hand slightly. Pune had further become the favourites as Mumbai Indians posted only 129 as Smith marshalled his troops expertly. All-rounder Krunal Pandya top-scored for them with 47 to give his side something to defend.
But Pune’s batsmen were too slow to chase the target as Mumbai Indians’ bowlers bowled tightly and left no stone unturned. Opening the innings, Ajinkya Rahane made a solid 44 before falling in the 12th over. After that, only captain Steve Smith fought for his team without receiving much support from his colleagues. Unfortunately, Smith perished for 51 in the final over while going for a six. With four needed from the last ball, Pune managed only two runs.
I would pick 2017 as we made only 129: Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma named the title victory accomplished in 2017 as his favourite since he believes that defending only 129 against any opposition on any pitch is a significant achievement.
“I would pick 2017 as we made only 129 and to defend that score on any pitch in any conditions against any opposition is a big achievement,” Sharma told India women’s cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues.