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MI vs SRH: Collective failure in IPL second leg cost us dearly, says Rohit Sharma

Defending Champion Mumbai Indians Captain Rohit Sharma Said that their “collective failure as a group” in the second leg of the IPL resulted in their early exit from the tournament.

This is the first time in three seasons that five-time champions MI have not made it to the last four after lifting the trophy in the previous two editions.

“We have had a great performance as a franchise. We can be very proud of what we have created. We were coming at the same pace to win the match in Delhi and then there was a break in the middle. Once we came here, it was a collective failure as a group,” said a disappointed Rohit in the post-match presentation.

“When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you are always expected to do well. I wouldn’t call it pressure. More than anything, it is the expectation. What we have built as a group in the last 5-6 years is unique.

MI posted an unusually low-scoring season’s highest score – 235/9 – but could not restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 65 or less, the play-off ceiling cut-off mark (IPL)

Rohit admitted that MI faced a stop-start season in this IPL.

“But we had another off season. But very happy with today’s win, we gave everything and I’m sure it was entertaining for the fans as well. A little disappointed we couldn’t.”

The MI skipper was full of praise for young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan, who played a blistering knock of 84 runs in 32 balls.

“Ishan Kishan is a very talented player, just the right position to bat is important. He batted the way we want Ishaan to bat.
Acting Captain of SRH Manish Pandey, who scored an unbeaten 69 off 41 balls in the loss, also said that the season was a story of collective failure for the team.

He said, ‘We made a lot of changes in the team, which did not work for us. We struggled in the first few games as well, and had to pull ourselves up in the second leg, but the whole team didn’t perform well despite some good individual performances,’ he said.

He lauded Friday’s wicket on offer and said it was the best pitch of the tournament for him so far.

“It was really hot, and it was an intense 20 overs. My calves are a little tight. I think the surface was the best of the tournament.

Man of the match Kishan said that he went out with a positive mindset and it paid off.

“Keeping in good touch before the World Cup. Good state of mind is very important. I knew we were in a do or die situation. It was just intention and a positive mindset.

He said, ‘I have not hit many boundaries in the cover area this season. You have to be ready for every situation. It’s important to stay in that mindset.

“I had a conversation with Virat (Kohli) bhai, Himachal Pradesh (Hardik Pandya), KP (Pollard) – they were all there. I would love to open and that’s what Virat bhai said. But on a larger scale, you need to be prepared for everything.”

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