After Mumbai Indians (MI) secured the record fourth-time IPL trophy victory, their captain Rohit Sharma credited the entire team members, including the support staff.
On Sunday (12th May) night, in the thrilling final of IPL 2019 at Hyderabad (Deccan), MI beat the defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by just one run. After winning the toss, MI captain Rohit Sharma decided to bat first, and they managed to score 149/8 (20 overs).
In reply, CSK (148/7 in 20 overs) was just one run short from MI’s first innings total. On the last ball of the match, CSK needed to score two more runs to win that match. However, Lasith Malinga’s slow-yorker resulted in an lbw dismissal of Shardul Thakur and MI snatched that game.
After finishing on the top of the points table of IPL 2019, MI won both their matches in the Playoffs.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, the proud captain Rohit Sharma credited the entire team members for this tournament victory.
He said, “Throughout the tournament, we played some good cricket which was the reason we qualified at the top. We planned to split the tournament into two parts, every thing we did as a team, we got the rewards for them. We have a squad of 25 players, everyone came in at some stage and did the job; the support-staff as well.”
Our bowling was excellent – Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma especially praised the MI bowlers who played major roles to win this tournament.
MI captain added, “Our bowling in particular was excellent, at different stages in the game, the bowlers put their hands up and brought us back. Every bowler who got an opportunity put their hand up, took responsibility and that’s why we got the rewards for it.”
Malinga is a champion – Rohit Sharma
After one season break, Lasith Malinga returned to the IPL in this season. The Sri Lankan pacer performed very well in this IPL season as he took 16 wickets in 12 matches. He finished as the second most wicket-taker for MI in this season.
In the crucial last over of the IPL 2019 final, CSK needed to score nine runs to win this trophy. MI captain Rohit Sharma initially thought to go with Hardik Pandya in that match-deciding final over. However, finally, he put his faith in their experienced pacer Lasith Malinga for that last over. The right-arm pace bowler Malinga conceded seven runs and grabbed two wickets that secured MI’s one-run victory.
Rohit said, “Malinga is a champion, he has been doing it for many years for us. I was thinking of Hardik for the final over, but I wanted to back someone who has been in that situation for us before, and Malinga has been there many times.”
I am learning in every game – Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma becomes the first IPL captain to win four IPL trophies. Talking about his captaincy, Rohit claimed that he was learning at every moment. In the end, Rohit once again credited the MI players.
He concluded, “I am learning in every game, every time I take the field. I have to credit the team as well, it is up to the boys to step up otherwise the captain is made to look foolish. Credit to the boys!”
At the end of IPL 2019, MI won the record four IPL trophies. Meanwhile, CSK is standing in the second position with three IPL trophies.