IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians will have to start afresh, says Mahela Jaywardene

Mahela and Rohit also talked about the key players of the team.

DRS and Mid-season Transfers are concepts that will help in the IPL believes Mahela.

Mumbai Indians has often been the best-looking team on paper after IPL auctions and this year was no different. Mumbai has got a really strong squad with their strengths spreading through various departments. They have arranged a squad that has good enough backups too. But their head coach being the perfectionist that he is, Mahela Jayawardene expressed the want for his team to focus on the upcoming season and start very fresh without underestimating their opponents. 

In a press conference recently, Mahela stated, "Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab have all gone in for new players and they look good. We all have to start from scratch and take it one game at a time. I do not see ourselves as favourites but at the same time we are equally good as other teams and will try to do one better than the opposition,"

Sitting alongside him the captain Rohit Sharma echoed the same sentiment while he also talked about the balance of his team for the season and need to focus every day on the present, "Mumbai has always been a good team, we are not worried about the opposition. We have what it takes to win the tournament and all our bases covered. We will take only one game at a time and not worry about the final,"

Talking about some of the team's key players Mahela said, "Bums (Bumrah) doesn't understand the word pressure, he does the role assigned to him very well. This time he has experienced players to support him with the likes of Fizz, McClenaghan and
Cummins. Hardik is also a much-improved bowler, so I don't think we have much to worry," 

Spin is one department where the team seems a bit short, with a lot of pressure on Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar. Rohit talked about Krunal and said, "Spinners have always played a crucial role for us. They have given us breakthroughs and changed the momentum of innings. We have some great talent, I just hope they deliver for us as they have for their clubs. Krunal hasn't played much cricket off late but he was looking good in the practice. He knows his role and I am hopeful he can deliver for us,"

When asked about the introduction of the DRS Technology and also the concept of mid-season transfer something football leagues are known for. 

On this Jayawardene said, "Mid-season trading is something we will have to keep an eye on, it's a good opportunity and its something new. DRS has been around international cricket for some time, so it's certainly good to see it in the IPL, it will reduce the errors and at the same time give a chance to younger players to know how to go about handling it in the future,"



By Kashish Chadha - 05 Apr, 2018

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