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IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma hails Pollard and Bumrah after the incredible win 

IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma hails Pollard and Bumrah after the incredible win
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Mumbai Indians stays alive in the tourney after being on the right side of the things in a breath-taking game against Punjab. The brilliance from Jasprit Bumrah and the exceptional batting effort from Kieron Pollard handed a thrilling victory over luck-less Kings XI Punjab. Both the individual stepped-in at the right time for the team when it mattered the most.

Pollard has always been a match-winner for us: Rohit Sharma

Speaking of the match, the skipper of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma quoted that it was a perfect day for the team to fetch the victory.  He admitted that the team lost its plot in the first innings of the game but hailed the effort put in by Kieron Pollard to shoulder the team to such a competitive tally on the board. He furtherly hailed the bowlers for stepping at the right time.

Rohit Sharma
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”I thought we played a perfect game. Whatever we asked from the boys, they came and delivered in the middle. Never been easy for us for the past few years actually. Knew it was going to be a good pitch. Lost the plot in the middle, could have got 10-15 runs more. Been happening for us a number of times now. Nothing to take away from the bowlers. Always knew it was going to be tough for them to come out and defend against a solid batting line-up. Hats off them to deliver the goods,” Rohit Sharma quoted.

”Pollard has always been a match-winner for us. Leaving him out was a tough decision. We thought now was the time to bring him back. Not to take away from Duminy who hasn’t got opportunities. We thought if he’s batting down the order, Pollard will be the better option for us. Come the big game, Pollard stands up for us. He was disappointed at being left out. What he did with the bat today, that’s what he does,” he added.

 Bumrah has come a long way the past two years: Rohit Sharma

The winning skipper furtherly hailed the efforts of Jasprit Bumrah for delivering the goods at the right time. Rohit showered words of praise on Bumrah and added that his calibre of bowling those dot balls is most crucial for the team rather than seeing him on the wicket-takers’ list. Rohit termed that Bumrah is filling the Malinga shoes perfectly.

Jasprit Bumrah, IPL 2018,
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”Bumrah has come a long way the past two years. He’s worked really hard on his bowling. Not easy to come out and bowl the way he does. He’s the one who’s taken the responsibility. Always Malinga will be missed, but since he’s gone, we’ve known Bumrah is the one to take the charge. He might not be up there in the wickets column, but what he does for us is very very important. Coming out and bowling at difficult times to a batsman who’s set, that’s what we require from him,” Rohit Sharma concluded.

However, it was a much-needed victory for the home side. The win ensured them to place 4th in the points table with a healthy run-rate to their name. They are set to play their final game against Delhi Daredevils in another must-win encounter.

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