Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was a happy man after Tim David’s heroic last game including 3 straight sixes helped the five-time IPL champions beat Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets at the stadium Wankhede on Sunday in what was the 1000th match in IPL history. Rohit was asked about David being Kieron Pollard’s successor for the Mumbai Indians after the Aussie batter broke 45 runs on just 14 balls to help MI plan a miraculous escape.
Rohit celebrated his 36th birthday, he shared a joke with Harsha Bhogle at the post-match presentation ceremony about turning 35 not 36, and it was his 150th match as IPL captain.
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A hectic day, and a hectic game it was indeed, Yashasvi Jaiswal broke 124 on 62 balls helping Rajasthan Royals to score 212/7 after which Cameron Green hit 44 on 26 balls, Suryakumar Yadav also contributed 55 for 29 before David crushed three sixes in Jason Holder’s first three balls were over.
Rohit didn’t exactly answer Bhogle’s million dollar question when asked about David being the next Pollard, but he said those were big shoes to fill.
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“Big shoes to fill, Polly for so many years has won us so many championships. But Tim has so much ability and power. Ultimately having that power allows the bowler to think,” Rohit said.
He also praised Jaiswal, who won the player of the match award, and said he hoped the 21-year-old would continue to perform on the biggest stage.
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“I watched him last year, this year he took his game to a new level. I asked him where all that power came from, he says he spends time in the gym, he times them very good. Good for him, good for Indian cricket and good for RR too,” the ‘Hitman’ added.
With Jofra Archer injured, Rohit was forced to make numerous changes but he insisted it was the sport’s demand to play according to the opposition and the conditions.
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“It’s difficult as a captain, but unfortunately you have to play with the conditions and the opposition. We want to be flexible as a team and the guys have to be ready for that. Jofra suffered a serious injury and n Didn’t bowl for a long, long time. Bowlers need practice and pace, and we saw his good pace today. SKY, of course, we knew a punch like today was imminent “said the skipper of MI.
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