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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Mumbai 17 April 2012 - 02:24am IST

We didn’t apply ourselves: Rohit

MI batsman says his team needs to rectify mistakes

It’s been an indifferent start to the Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2012 campaign so far. A brilliant away win against the Chennai Super Kings was followed by a disappointing home loss against the Pune Warriors India. After after their rather flat performance against the Delhi Daredevils, the 2011 CLT20 champions are looking to get their house back in order.

Rohit Sharma is the Mumbai Indians’ batting mainstay, with his silken touch and lazy elegance garnering praise from all quarters. Sharma failed to capitalise on a good start against the Daredevils at a time when his team required him to stay at the crease till the end. The 24-year-old right-hander was visibly disappointed after his side’s listless performance, while revealing exclusively to iplt20.com his desire to take on more responsibility.

Excerpts:

What went wrong today?


It was quite a disappointing performance from us, specially the batters. It was a good wicket to bat, but we didn’t apply ourselves. Somewhere around 140 or 150 would have been a good score. The wicket had some bounce in it. Hopefully, we should rectify our mistakes in the next game we play and it should be a different story.

Was it a case of poor batting or brilliant bowling?

A bit of poor batting and their bowlers were on target today. It was poor application by us today. There is plenty of time now, so nothing to worry about.

Are you happy with how things have gone for you so far?

I am pretty happy. I am hitting the ball well. [I] just need to take more responsibility and take the team through and look to play 20 overs. It’s not possible every time because at times you need to hit shots and in process you might get out. So you should play by taking everything into consideration.

Lasith Malinga wasn’t playing today. How dependent is MI on Malinga?


He is our key bowler and there is no doubt about it. He had some back problem, and hopefully, [he] should be fit for the next game.

Opening partnership has been an issue. Would you like to step up and open the innings?


It really depends on the team management. The role given to me by the management and the captain is to sort the middle overs out. If the management wants me to open I will. But again, Sachin [Tendulkar] will be fit for the next game, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

How will today’s disappointment help MI improve for the forthcoming games?

We need to understand what went wrong for us. You need to assess the wicket and chose your shots accordingly because the wicket keeps changing here. This was a fast-paced wicket, and so we need to read the wicket. And if we do so, the results will be in our favour.

How do you intend to be more responsible and carry the middle order through?


It’s not an easy job. The middle overs situation is never easy, sometimes you need to check on the number of overs left and sometimes you need to catch up on the run-rate. There are a lot of things to think about when you are batting in the middle order.

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