Updated: September 17, 2020 2:56:04 pm
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday conceded that “incomparable” Sri Lankan tempo legend Lasith Malinga, who has opted out of this yr’s IPL, will be severely missed by his defending champion staff given his “unbelievable” previous performances.
The 37-year-old Malinga, who’s IPL’s highest wicket-taker with 170 scalps to his credit score, has pulled out citing private causes in a serious blow to the four-time champions. MI will tackle the Chennai Super Kings on this season’s lung-opener on September 19 in UAE.
“I don’t think it is easy to come and fill his boots. He has been a match-winner for Mumbai. I have said it many times, whenever we sort of find ourselves in trouble, Malinga was the one to bail us out from that,” Rohit mentioned in a pre-season on-line press convention.
“His experience will be missed, what he did with MI is unbelievable and it’s unlucky that he’s not part of the staff this yr.
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“We have got likes (James) Pattinson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin (Khan) and these are the names that we are looking to replace Malinga with. But obviously, what Malinga did for Mumbai, it is not just comparable,” he added.
Talking about his personal function, Rohit mentioned he will proceed to open.
“I opened your complete match final yr and I will proceed to do this. Again I maintain all of the choices open, regardless of the staff needs, joyful to do this.
“Even when I play for India, message from my side to the management has always been the same ‘do not close any doors’ keep all the options open and I will do the same here as well,” he mentioned.
India’s white-ball vice-captain additionally felt that right studying of circumstances would be essential to his staff’s fortunes.
“The challenge for us will be to adapt to these conditions here which probably none of us are used to, because not a lot of cricketers from our group have played here,” Rohit mentioned.
“I think mentally it is about going out there and understanding what the pitch is doing, and based on that, you need to plan your game whether it is your batting or bowling. So we have had a good chat around the group about that,” he elaborated.
According to Rohit, the staff’s previous performances within the UAE in 2014, when it made the play-offs however not the ultimate, gained’t matter now.
“…eventually the pitches here are going to play a big part and to understand that and adapt quickly and play to your potential, play according to what is being asked of is very crucial here. The past performance would not play a part this time around,” he pressured.
The COVID19 pandemic pressured the BCCI to shift the IPL to the UAE.
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