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IPL Staff in New Delhi 26 April 2012 - 10:11pm IST

Boys motivated for DD game: Pollock

Mumbai Indians mentor says his team wants to set the record straight against Delhi Daredevils

Despite the cloudy weather due to which their opponents cancelled their practice, the Mumbai Indians went ahead with their net session at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. They kept at it until the rain came down, at which point they had to leave the ground.

MI are keen to beat DD, who had defeated them in their own backyard. Their mentor, Shaun Pollock said the visitors are looking forward to set the record straight in tomorrow’s game.

Excerpts from Pollock’s press conference:

On Lasith Malinga


Lasith will bowl in the nets to see how he feels. He knows his body best and you have to rely on the player in these circumstances. So he will let us know how his body is at the moment. So we will see from there.

On close games in the IPL

In a tournament like this those kind of games are very important. [It] helps [gain] momentum, helps self-confidence, [and instills] self belief that you can get yourself out of certain scenario. [...]

We believe we can win under all circumstances. We believe we can win batting first and we can win chasing totals as well.

On the possibility of the last-over or last-ball miracles not panning out all the time


No they are not, but the key is that when they do go down to those circumstances, you come out on top. And we have done it twice now. [...]

On whether there was any particular reason for MI to go with three overseas players in one game


We just felt that, that was the best combination. At the end of the day, you want to pick the best eleven players that can win you the game. If there are no overseas players and that is going to win us the game and that is the best combination, so be it. It is not the first time that the Mumbai Indians have done that and probably won’t be the last. But Malinga wasn’t available, and so we looked at other options.

On why Rob Peterson, who conceded only three runs in the first over against Kings XI Punjab, did not bowl again

[...] The captain decides on who he feels is the best equipped to bowl each individual over. I know that twice Robbie was asked to warm up and then something happened in the over before he bowled and they went for another option. It just happened.

On whether Harbhajan Singh’s form is a cause for concern


[...] Harbhajan Singh has won many matches for Mumbai Indians. [...] It’s still early days in the tournament and there is still lot of cricket to be played. As we know from years gone by that he can win matches on his own, and we are looking forward to him to doing that as the tournament goes on.

On Harbhajan’s approach and bowling


How you approach each over is [dependant on] when you bowl and who you are bowling to. If you are bowling to two batsmen who are [settled] in, they may not be easy to throw the ball at. But if you are bowling to a batsman who has just come to the crease, then you have more variations to use. He is very experienced and he has played a lot of cricket in India and he can read the game pretty well.

On playing DD again after losing their home leg at the Wankhede Stadium


The guys will be very motivated [to play]. They were disappointed the way they batted against Delhi [Daredevils] last time, and they want to put the record straight. They will be very keen to perform well tomorrow.

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