Wed, 29 Sep 2021

IPL 2021: Didn't Play to Our Potential Says Rohit, KL Admits his Team Can't Handle 'Pressure'!!!

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Defending Champion Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma granted that his team didn’t play well in the first three games on resumption.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul (IPL/BCCI)

MI beat KL Rahul lead Punjab Kings by six wickets after three back-to-back defeats and are now back in play-off contentions with 10 points from 11 games. KL Rahul had no hesitation in admitting that his team is not handling pressure situations well enough.

“We do agree that we didn’t play to our potential, but it’s a long tournament and we need to stick to our plans and reading the situations is very important and we can take a lot of confidence from that. It is important not to lose the guard," Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Lauded praises for Hardik Pandya, who finally returned to form with a 40 not out off 30 balls.

“The way he (Hardik) understood the situation was very crucial from a team’s perspective, it’s important for him to spend the time in the middle as he’s coming back from an injury."

Rahul, on his part, seemed disappointed “It is what it is, we haven’t been able to handle the pressure. We’ll learn more if we play more together as a team," Rahul said.

“We need to be positive. We have three games, so we need to take one game at a time. We need to go out there and enjoy ourselves. All our games in the UAE have gone down to the wire, hopefully, we can build on that."

He also accepted that 135 was not a defendable target on this track.

“It was a great fight, but 135 was not enough on this pitch.

“We should have got about 170. The boys showed a lot of fights with the ball, we have done that two games in a row. The next three games will be interesting for us as the table looks interesting," Rahul said.

Rohit said that it was a tough call to drop someone like Ishan Kishan but the team will back him as he tried to get back to form.

“It’s a tough call (on dropping Ishan Kishan). Saurabh (Tiwary) has played the perfect role today and he’s done well to nudge around in the middle overs. We are gonna back him (Ishan Kishan) as he’s a very important player for us."

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