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IPL Staff in Kolkata 11 May 2012 - 08:18pm IST

Important to win every game: Sharma

Mumbai Indians batsman says his team is focusing on playing well and not on the points table

It will be another clash of heavyweights as the Kolkata Knight Riders get set to host the Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Saturday afternoon. While KKR have notched up a string of impressive wins, MI crashed to a disappointing nine-wicket loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last outing.

Rohit Sharma, ace batsman of the Mumbai franchise, took time out to speak to the media ahead of the match:

On Lasith Malinga’s availability:


He is fine. We had given him a rest.

On MI’s position in the points table:

At the moment, we are happy the way we are. We could have done much better as we lost a few close games. At the same time, we won a few close ones... It's part and parcel of the game. We still have four more crucial games to decide where we end up in the tournament. It's very important to win every game. We are not looking at the table. We know where we stand. It's important to go there and perform rather than think about the table. If we play good cricket, we will finish up [the points table]. The focus is to play some good cricket. It's not going to be easy here… We know what kind of wicket we get here, so we have to get our act together.

On Sachin Tendulkar’s influence on his batting in Twenty20 cricket:

Batting with Sachin Tendulkar has really helped. Whenever I was batting with him, he came up to me and said what I needed to do. It's a good helping hand from him. I've really benefitted a lot.

On Harbhajan Singh versus Sachin Tendulkar as captains:

Every individual has got a different style of approach. Sachin was very cool and calm. Bhajji [Harbhajan] is very aggressive. We have learnt a lot under Sachin, but Bhajji is doing a very good job. Every one in the team is supporting him [Harbhajan]. We are always there to help him. He has kept the atmosphere of the dressing room very cool and calm. We just want to support him.

On how MI will cope against Sunil Narine:

He has been bowling well. Everyone has seen him. I have played him a couple of times when West Indies were here. We have got a couple of West Indians in our team. With their help and guidance, we hope we can tackle him.

On the last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Obviously, we didn’t play well as a team. We didn’t adapt to the conditions. The wicket was sticky and damp. [In] any given condition, you have to go out there and perform. Our batting failed. Our bowlers have been doing a tremendous job, but we didn’t do well as a batting unit.

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