The Mumbai Indians increased their dominance by winning their fifth title in the IPL tonight, as well as completing the difficult task of defending it. Let check the reactions of the players on their great achievement.
Rohit Sharma: I am very happy with how things have been in the entire season. We said in the beginning that we need a habit of victory. We couldn’t ask for anything more from Ball 1 on the right to the money and we never looked back. I think people who work behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit – often they go unnoticed. We have been preparing before the IPL (Indian Premier League) started, we looking back on our previous years mistake and made sure those are not repeated.
I had to find balance to get the best out of them. I am not someone who can run after them with a stick, and it is important to instill confidence in players. Krunal, Hardik and Pollard have done their work for a long time, they know their roles. Though Rahul missed today’s match, but we would like to pat his back on his earlier achievement for the team. We made sure Ishaan and Surya were confident – just letting Ishan loose, and Surya being a more mature player. The form he was in, I should have given up my wicket for Surya. But he has played some incredible shots throughout the tournament.
Mahela Jayawardene – MI coach:
I personally congratulate Delhi Capitals Team and Coach Ricky, they missed the throphy, but played a fantastic season and reaching finals is an achievement. They were the toughest team through-out the season and continued the same in Finals. We had a fantastic preparation, and we tried to manage them well and made sure they didn’t do any work. MI’s DNA has been a big hit for a long time. We try to play in a tempo, touch play to balance it. The credit of the management who bought our ideas and helped create history today. It is all about helping the team prepare and explain their role. All the team worked hard though out the season and everything payed off today.
Jasprit Bumrah: We have worked very hard. We started preparing a lot before other teams, worked through this process, all the results of which we got. Team wanted to break the hassle of victory every alternate years – the goal has now been achieved.
It means a great deal (playing IPL this year). The epidemic has caused such a shock, everyone is stuck at home. We are grateful to be back and to play cricket, something we love and are happy that we can bring some smiles back home, give them some entertainment. This is harder than a few months. From the first game I felt my rhythm up but the last piece in the jig-aura puzzle was missing. When I threw a super over here (against RCB), there was some worry going on till the end, but when I bowled in that super over and I felt that I could perform against AB [de Villiers] and Virat [Kohli]. . Since then my confidence has increased.
It is a wonderful feeling. Before coming here we had talks at bus and team meetings that we had won tournaments in alternate years – odd years – we wanted to break that genie and make history. here it is.
The back room staff have been amazing throughout. Preparation, process and routine are very important and they have said only one thing – we will take care of all this and you just go there, express yourself, just enjoy and what you do is the best. [On his runout] Rohit was batting very well at the time. The most important thing is that he has been grooming the innings since the first match. Therefore, I did not object to him sacrificing his wicket.
I was not in a good position at the beginning of this season, so I had a good conversation with Hardik and Krunal. And they told me to work on my fitness, and just keep working on my off side game.
Krunal Pandya: It is a hunger to always be on top. We never take any sport lightly and always try 100% in every game. Even in Mumbai we worked hard, we came a month ago, everyone knew their role and everybody was just getting out there and what they were doing in the net. [On helping Kishan] There was never any doubt about Ishaan Kishan’s talent. He was ready to listen and ready for improvement. All the credit goes to him for how he came back this season, batting on four is not easy, then open up and come back on four. Very happy indeed how he has gone about this season.
Not able to bowl, did not bother me. I enjoy what I do. For me it was about the opportunity. It’s just about supporting yourself. As Krunal said it is about preparation and we have done really well in that aspect.
Quinton de Cock: It is difficult for everyone to miss a family. It is a great feeling. There were questions around whether MI could win back-to-back titles. Everyone worked extra hard. Support staff and everyone, we could not do it without them. This is very special.
Nathan Coulter Nile: Nice as a first-time winner. Patto [Pattinson] bowled beautifully, so whenever I came, I was happy to sit on the spot and wait for the opportunity. Started the tournament with some ups and downs, but at the end have feel good moment.
Kiron Pollard: It’s a great feeling, it means a lot – the fifth trophy. Been here for 11 years. We have a quiet celebration. The amount of trophy, the amount of talent, you can say that MI T20 is the best team. Management, support staff, those who ask for effort. ‘Dwayne Bravo, you’re behind me now (about the number of T20 titles), let me say that on camera.’
Great feeling to be champion for two consecutive years. Shows the strength of the franchise. This is the effort you make throughout the season. It is a long tournament and you have to be professional and on your toes. It is about working continuously throughout the season.
Rahul Chahar: Looks great. I don’t want to play, it’s winning. Its the love that it contributed to us coming first. I can bowl quickly, bowling slow and I also have variations.
Robin Singh | MI Assistant Coach: It is always good to be behind the scenes and contribute some of the best people on the field. Ishan has grown up in stature, wishes him well and I am sure he will be a part of the Indian team in the near future.
Ricky, the freedom he gives us is outstanding. The way he inspires the players is simply awesome. Ricky, looks tough, but he is calm and cool in all our team meeting and encouraged the talent. The IPL always surprises you, it is one of the most difficult leagues to play. I am glad to be associated with it, and I am truly pleased with my young men, the manner in which they have played to arrive at the finals isn’t simple. It would have been better to win the IPL, but we will see that we lift the trophy next year.
Ricky Ponting – Coach of Delhi Capital: MI has been the best team in this competition, they have now beat us four times. Being a coach it’s a bit disappointing in the dugout, but at the end of the day I’m really proud of the work the boys have done. Iyer is a brilliant young player, a brilliant young captain and a better man. I have seen him grow better after better in last one year. Hopefully, we can work together a little more in the future. We probably had 3.5 weeks before the tournament, so we did a little bit of preparation. We had a really challenging tour, I was sceptical about leaving Australia but the organizers have done a terrible job. I think we have the youngest team in the tournament and I am very proud of them.