After defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in their final match of IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said that he was a little disappointed as his team did not qualify for the playoffs. Rohit Sharma also mentioned that it was a collective failure of the group to lose out on playoffs.
Mumbai Indians finished on the 5th spot in IPL 2021 points table eventually with 14 points. They lost out the race to playoffs to Kolkata Knight Riders over a lower net run rate. Mumbai Indians had the highly difficult task of defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs or more to get the better of KKR in the points table.
Little Disappointed We Didn’t Go Through: Rohit Sharma
During the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said that he was very happy to win the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, he also mentioned that he was a little disappointed as they didn’t go through to playoffs.
“It was wonderful to be part of this set-up, we can be very proud of that. We were getting momentum in Delhi and there was a break, that didn’t help the team. It was a collective failure of group. Very happy with win today, we gave everything, I am sure it was entertaining for the fans as well. They have always been supportive, they have always stood by us. Little disappointed we didn’t go through”, Rohit Shamra said.
Talking about the pressure of playing for Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharam said that people always expect players to go out and perform when you play for a franchise like MI.
“When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you are always expected to go out and perform. I wouldn’t call that as pressure. More than anything, it’s expectations. It was very tough (to drop big players), I want to back the players and keep the same squad going. We have had on and off season this time around. We have had a fabulous run as a franchise”, Rohit Sharma further added.
Batting first in the match, Mumbai Indians got an incredible start with a quickfire half-century by opener Ishan Kishan. The wicketkeeper-batsman smacked 84 runs off just 32 balls while smacking the fastest fifty of the IPL 2021 off 16 balls. Later, Suryakumar Yadav followed up with his 82-run knock off 40 balls.
During the chase, Sunrisers Hyderabad also made a quick start. Openers Jason Holder and Abhishek Sharma hit 34 and 33 respectively, including a 64-run opening stand in 5.2 overs. Later, one-down Manish Pandey slammed unbeaten 69 runs. Priyam Garg was another batsman to hit a decent score of 29. The rest of the batsmen lost their wickets cheaply.
For Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and James Neesham picked 2 wickets each. Trent Boult and Piyush Chawla got 1 scalp. Now in the playoffs, Delhi Capitals will face Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 while Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in Eliminator game.