After a defeat in the opening qualifier game in the hands of Lahore Lions, Mumbai Indians coach John Wright said that his team missed their regular skipper Rohit Sharma in the team. Rohit was ruled out of the tournament because of injury and hence Kieron Pollard was named as the skipper of the team that lost to Lahore Lions by 6 wickets yesterday.

“Well yeah, we missed Rohit. We really needed a good start. We needed pace to get good runs. We got to improve in the area we started slow. We needed more runs on the board,” Wright said at the post match press conference after Mumbai Indians lost by six wickets to Pakistan side here last night.

“They (Lahore Lions) did a good job with ball early. We probably ended up with 20 runs less. We needed someone special to contribute in the match,” he added.

Wright also praised Umar Akmal for his 18-ball 38 runs, which proved to be the difference between the two sides. Wright said, “He is a dangerous player in this format of the game. We needed to take him early.”

The former New Zealand captain ruled out making a lot of changes in the team just on the basis of one game. “We can’t make a huge change just after one or two games. However options are open, we would decide on that,” said Wright.

Mumbai play Sri Lankan Champions Southern Express on Sunday to stay alive in the tournament.

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