Ahead of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma was wary of the threat their opponent poses and hopes his team turns up for the fight on Thursday. MI lost their previous match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) while KKR is coming in on the back of a stellar performance against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Rohit was absent for their first match post resumption due to a niggle. He’s likely to return to the fold and take over the captaincy from stand-in captain, Kieron Pollard. On the day of their important match against KKR, Rohit believes the game will be anything but a cakewalk for his team.
“I honestly don’t believe in past records, T20 is a game on that particular day. What happens it’s a game of that you have to be best on that day. They are a good opposition (KKR) and they play cricket very well as a team, and they will obviously be coming off from some confidence after their last win so it’s not going to be a cakewalk for us.“
“I know that we had a very handy record against them, but it’s important that we turn up really well on that particular day, and do the job. When you are chasing a score like 157 you need to build those small partnerships and make sure you keep yourself in the game as long as possible,” he said in a video posted on MI’s Twitter page.
"It's important that we turn up and do the job!" 💪
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 23, 2021
“Just hope Adam Milne builds on his confidence from the last game” – Rohit Sharma
Speaking about New Zealand pace bowler Adam Milne, Rohit Sharma was impressed with his outing the other night against CSK and expects the Kiwi to continue building on his performance. Milne had figures of 2/21 in his quota of four overs against CSK on September 19, Sunday.
“Adam Milne especially is coming from a very good tournament in the UK. He is a good bowler, bowls really fast and it’s all about, you know, getting that confidence and he got that confidence in the first game. So I just hope that he builds on it. We just have to come back and come back really strong and tick those small boxes, and I think if you look at the potential in this squad. We have got all bases covered,” Rohit added.
The winner of the clash between MI and KKR is set to move into third place by virtue of having a better net run-rate than the current 3rd placed team, RCB.