IPL 2018: MI played some good cricket but just not good enough, says Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharmais proud of his boys for putting in the hard yards during the season.

Rohit Sharma's men had a disappointing season this year. (IANS)

Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain, has come out and stated that he is very happy with the effort his team made right through the season and hence doesn't regret not making it to the playoffs of ongoing Indian Premier League season. 

Led by Rohit Sharma, the defending champions and the three times winner had a curious season, where despite having the team to go all the way they lost a lot of close games at the start of the season and then couldn't recover fully to reach further. 

Rohit after their last game, where they lost to Delhi Daredevils, talked about it and said, "Disappointing that we didn't get over the finish line but there are lot of things, where I can look back and say that 'we didn't do this right, we didn't do that right' but looking at how the first half went, we gave ourselves a chance and in the second half we played really good cricket," 

He further added, "But, things like that can happen and we can take a lot of learning out of them. Of course, it was disappointing to be on the losing side. We all knew it was an important game, we just wanted to go out there and play and hats off to Delhi as well. They played good cricket, bowled in the right areas....we knew chasing would always be tough considering how the wicket was playing and taking their skills away from it, we played bad cricket as well. We were not there today,"

Mumbai were chasing a target of 175 against the Delhi Daredevils and despite a decent bowling effort, they lost the game with the bat by 11 runs. Failing to give themselves a chance to reach the playoffs. 

Rohit further talked about the game and Mumbai now having to look forward to the next season. He said, "Those things will always happen (winning runs towards the end and pressure matches). Everybody is fighting hard for that spot, so we knew that it was not going to be easy and we were in this situation many times before...So, I cannot say that it was taking a toll on anyone's body. We are here to accept those challenges and when we are thrown into challenges, we tend to respond well"

"Today was just not the day for us. There were certain areas in our bowling that we would have done well, we could have restricted them to probably 10-15 runs less. But again looking at how Ben (Cutting) was batting that if one batter had stayed till the end, you never know what could have happened,"

He concluded, "Again, when you lose the game, you point out so many things. I don't have any regrets over how the season has gone. It was a mixed season for us. We have got a great bunch of guys with lot of capabilities, who can win games on their own and I don't want to take anything away from them. We played bad cricket, we accept it and we move forward," 

By Kashish Chadha - 21 May, 2018

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