We can’t take RR lightly: Rohit Sharma

MI batsman hopes his team heads into the IPL 2012 playoffs on a winning note

By IPL Staff
Jaipur 19 May 2012
The Mumbai Indians will take on the Rajasthan Royals in the last game of the league phase in IPL 2012 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Sunday. While the Rahul Dravid-led side will look to finish the season on a high with a victory in front of their home crowd, MI will be keen to head into the playoffs on a winning note.

Ahead of the match, Rohit Sharma addressed the media during practice.

Excerpts from his pre-match press interaction:

On whether they will go all-out in the match tomorrow

We have to go all-out. It doesn’t matter where Rajasthan is [placed in the points-table] at the moment. We know they are out [of the tournament] but still we will have to play a game of cricket. I know they would look to finish on a high note. But we can’t take them lightly thinking that they are out of contention and they will play some loose cricket. We are ready for them [and] we have to do whatever we can [to win]. Yes, it is an important game for us to win.

On Sachin Tendulkar being due for a big knock

It will come. He has already played a beautiful innings against Chennai Super Kings [...]. He has got so many runs over the years, I don’t think he needs to be in form or something like that. He has already been batting well. It is just a matter of another good innings, which I hope, is going to come tomorrow.

On whether he is happy with his own form

I am very happy with whatever I have been doing. When you are in form, you need to make sure of getting the team into good position when you are there in the middle. I am just trying to [do that]. [...]Tomorrow again I have got an opportunity to go there and perform. Hopefully, I will try and emulate what I have been doing in the last fifteen games. The confidence is there. Tomorrow, if I can get some more runs, it will really help the team and that’s what we want.

On whether they will experiment with the top order for tackling Ajit Chandila given the way they played against Sunil Narine

I don’t think so. [Herschelle] Gibbs is in good form. He has already got a half-century and Sachin is opening with him, [so] I don’t think there is any problem there. Sunil Narine is an exceptional bowler. He has been doing well. I don’t want to talk about the opposition here. We know that they have got good bowling line-up, [but] if you play normal cricket, I am sure we can tackle any bowler. We just need to get off to a good start and capitalize on that. We know that the outfield here is very fast and the wicket is good. We have seen some big scores here on this ground, so it is just about [doing well in] the first six overs. If you get [off] to good start then its up to the middle order and the lower order to get to a good total.

On MI performing consistently

We accept that we haven’t played the way we wanted to play. People say we haven’t played to our potential, [but] still we are at No.3 [in the points table]. So, if we as a team can play to our potential, I am sure we are going to do well. [...] I think we are peaking at the right time. Our fielding has been brilliant throughout the season; our bowling has been brilliant. It is just that somehow in few games, [the] batting [department] haven’t managed to chase smaller totals. But we have won few close games [and] it’s not that easy. I am not blaming our batting line-up here [as] chasing 16 runs in the last over is never a easy job. We have done it [approximately] three times, I guess. Our batting has been terrific. We just need to go out and enjoy, which I think everyone is doing. [...] It’s just the matter of time. We have got one more game against Rajasthan [Royals], [and] hopefully, we can click together in all the departments. [That] will really help us in the playoffs.
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