Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was simply ecstatic after his side finished second in the points table of IPL 8. By the virtue of finishing second, the Mumbai Indians now can get two shots to enter into the all important finals. More than anything else, the ‘MI Paltan’ will get to play their qualifier at their home ground, the Wankhede Stadium.

Sharma showered praises on everyone associated with the team and thanked everyone for support. He also said that the Mumbai Indians treated their encounter against the Sunrisers Hyderabad like a final.

“Ricky Ponting and myself spoke about this game as being a final for us,” said Sharma. “Had we lost this game, we would have gone home. Now, we’ve got to do what we have been doing over the last five games. Every time you go into the game and come out of it, you’ve got to think how you can improve at least by 10%. We need a little more effort going into the next game. “This just shows the character of the Mumbai Indians. We have created an atmosphere inside the dressing room that no matter what situations we are in, we never have to put our head down. We just wanted to prove to ourselves that we are much better than the results. We did exactly that and look at us now, in the top two in the table at the end of the league stage.”

Rohit also admitted that the team was not playing to its potential in its first four games when nothing seemed to be going their way. He said, “When we were losing at the start of the tournament, we were not playing to our potential”. “We always knew we had a lot of talent and ability in the dressing room and it was all about getting that game to the fore. Sometimes when you lose, the guys in the team tend to drift away a little bit but the support staff did a fabulous job of holding everyone together. For us, we have finished one tournament and enter into a fresh tournament now. If we play to our potential this is what we can do.

“As a captain, as a leader it is very important for me to remain positive no matter what happens on the field. The message was clear – whatever had happened had happened and you couldn’t change it and the best way to come out of it was to prepare for the following games. I wanted to lead from the front,” continued Rohit.

Rohit was optimistic about the team’s chances and spoke about the benefits of being at the second position. “Finishing in the top two obviously gives us a chance to play fearlessly. We have been in this situation before in 2013 where we played against the same opposition, qualified in the top two and we had another chance,” concluded Sharma. 

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