MI vs SRH: Rohit Sharma says collective failure in second phase of IPL costs us a lot

Defending champions Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma led to a quick exit from their “collective failure as a group” tournament in the second phase of the IPL.

This is the first time in three seasons that five-time champions MI have not made it into the last four after lifting the trophy in the last two editions.

“We have had an amazing run as a franchise. We can be very proud of what we have created. We are gaining momentum to win games in Delhi, and then there was a break in the middle. Once we got here, there was a collective failure as a group,” Rohit said in a post-match performance.

“When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you always feel like performing. I do not call it stress. Above all, it’s expectation. What we have created as a group over the last 5-6 years is amazing.

MI vs SRH MI posted the highest total in the unusually low-scoring season-235/9, but the Sunrisers failed to limit Hyderabad to 65 or less, the play-off ceiling cut-off mark (IPL)

Rohit admitted that he was facing an MI stop-start season in this IPL.

“But we have an on and off season. But today is very happy with the success, we gave everything, and I’m sure it will entertain the fans as well. We were disappointed.

MI Skipper 32 wicket-keeper batting Ishant Kishan was lauded for hitting 84 off 32 balls.

“Ishan Kishan is a very talented player, the right position to bat is crucial. He batted the way Ishan wanted,” he said of the left – hander who won the Man of the Match award for his exploits with the bat up order.
SRH’s stand-in captain Manish Pandey, who was unbeaten on 69 off 41 balls due to defeat, said the season was also a story of collective failure for the team.

“We made a lot of changes on the side, it didn’t work for us. We struggled even in the first few games, and we had to pull ourselves up in the second leg, but the whole team didn’t give full performances despite some good individual performances,” he said.

He praised Friday’s wicket in the offer and said it was the best pitch in the tournament so far.

“It’s really hot and it’s serious 20 overs. My calves are a little narrow. I think the surface is the best in the tournament.

Man of the match Kishan said he went out with a positive mindset and it paid off.

“Being in good touch before the World Cup. A good mood is very important. I know we’re in a do or die situation. It’s just intention and a positive mindset.

“I have not made too many boundaries in the cover area this season. You have to be ready for every situation. It is important to have that in mind.

“I chatted with Virat (Kohli) Bhai, HP (Hardik Pandya), KP (Pollard) – they were all there. I like to open it, Virat Bhai said. But on a larger scale, you have to be ready for everything.”

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