MI captain Rohit Sharma not worried about his team’s terrible record in the United Arab Emirates.
The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League will kick-start tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on Chennai Super Kings at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. The four-time IPL champions have won the IPL titles on every alternate season since the 2013 season.
Rohit Sharma and his boys will be looking forward to turning thins around in this season. They won the IPL 2019 title by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final. Rohit Sharma-led team beat MS Dhoni-led CSK by 1 run.
Nonetheless, Mumbai Indians were awful in the UAE, having lost all of their fixtures in the IPL 2014 edition. Needless to say, Rohit Sharma added that he is not too upset about the previous results in the UAE leg.
The team is completely different now: Rohit Sharma
Mumbai Indians captain insistent that his team is not worried about the past. The most-successful IPL captain went on to add saying that they have only 2-3 players from the 2014 squad.
While addressing the reporters at the press conference, Rohit said that the team is totally a different side altogether. The 33-year-old added that the thought process, the mindset has changed in the past six years.
“We have only 2-3 players from that squad. I am not too fussed about it. Yes, we didn’t have a great experience (in 2014). But the team is completely different now, the thought process and everything is different,” Rohit added.
“I think the past performances will not play any part, this time around as I said it’s only 2-3 players who were part of that squad. Myself, Pollard and Bumrah, he played only 1 game that year, besides both of us, none of these guys were part of the 2014 squad,” said Rohit.
“The team is different, the thought process is different, the staff is different and we are looking forward to a great IPL this year. We want to put out a great performance, we want to start well, so focus and the planning has been on that,” MI captain added.
MI have an inexperienced spin attack
Mumbai Indians lack plenty of experience as far as the spin department is concerned. This weakness can pose a major threat to the UAE pitches. With pitches mostly on the slower side, pitches on the UAE would favor the spinners.
However, Mumbai Indians have a lot of catching up to do to sort things in the spin attack. Their spin bowling options include the likes of Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, and Anukul Roy. Rohit Sharma believes that assessing the pitch conditions is very important.