On the eve of the IPL 2020 final, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar delivered a motivational speech for the Mumbai Indians (MI).
The defending champions will take on Delhi Capitals (DC) in the summit clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
MI finished the league phase of the cash-rich tournament at the top of the points table with 18 points. The Rohit Sharma-led side is gunning for a record-extending fifth IPL title this season.
"When you know that right from the owners to our support staff, everyone is backing you, when you go out to play for the Mumbai Indians you know that it's not just you as an individual, it's the entire force which is with you, they are looking to push you and bring the best out of you, and do everything possible to help you stay at that level, to perform," Tendulkar said in a video posted by Mumbai Indians' official Twitter handle.
"The first and the most important thing, it’s one family. We all stay together, through ups and down because in sport, or generally in life, there are going to be challenges, there are going to be speed breakers along the way. Especially in this tournament where it moves at a phenomenal pace. It’s important that everyone stays together as a tight unit. We’ve been able to do that," he added.
In the ongoing IPL, MI and DC have met three times and the former emerged victorious on each occasion, with the recent one coming in the first qualifier by 57 runs last week.
No wonder, Rohit feels his team will have a “slight psychological advantage” over DC in the IPL 2020 final.
“There will be a psychological advantage a little bit, yes, but again what we have seen with IPL is every day is a fresh day, every day is a new pressure and every game is a new game. So you can’t think too much about what has happened in the past,” the MI skipper said on the eve of the final.