Last match was almost perfect for us. It was a comprehensive win of Mumbai Indians against a formidable opponent Kolkata Knight Riders in their own den. And probably for the first time in the tournament we played total cricket. Our batting effort was superb and bowlers responded to the challenge.
One of the biggest highlight of the match was the innings played by Rohit Sharma. His innings showed his class, temperament and appetite for big runs. Rohit is a prodigy, and everyone has been waiting for him to make the most of this ability given to him by the almighty.
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And like everything else in life, it takes time to get mature and ripen, to get to terms with your responsibilities and role. And Rohit is no different. This IPL season has been exceptional and coming of an age sort of experience for Rohit. He has lead from the front and has been the mainstay of our batting this season. He has already scored 400 hundred runs in the season so far and is hungry for more. The biggest USP of his batting talent is his timing and the amount of time he has to hit the ball.
When it comes to play the ball late, one player with whom I can compare Rohit is Inzamam-Ul-Haq. He had this unique ability to play the ball as late as possible. Normally when you see a hundred in this format, you feel it will be brutal and full of aggressive shots.
But batsman like Rohit makes these kind of innings effortless and silken. All his shots were proper and had a stamp of authority and class. He was equally supported by Herschelle Gibbs, who played through the innings to add steel to our batting. While bowling, we had to defend a total against a formidable and in-form batting unit. Getting few wickets upfront helped our cause immensely and we never allowed the Knight Riders to stage a come-back in the match.
The confidence of this match will be much needed when we take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their own den. In the last game they outplayed us and we would like to give them a good fight this time. Chris Gayle is in ominous form and the onus is on us to stop his charge.
There is only one plan to stop the Gayle storm and it is to send him back to the pavilion as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter what kind form you are carrying, you still need one ball to get the batsman out. We will keep searching for that one ball, not just against Gayle, but for all the Challengers batsmen.
Taking wickets is one of the most effective ways to stop the run charge. Let’s hope, we continue the good work from Eden Gardens to Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.