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It was a visual delight till it lasted; something that the thousands, who had flocked the Wankhede stadium, on a sunny Saturday evening, felt blessed to have witnessed. The master blaster in full flow. The stands wore a sea of blue as they were brought to their feet by their very own local hero who played like a man in ‘some’ mood for the 29 deliveries he faced. After his departure, the responsibility was yet again on the young duo of Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma.
While Rohit Sharma went on to make a match winning half century, on the other side was Mumbai Indians’ new Mr.Dependable: Dinesh Karthik who went about scoring his runs with ease, yet again notching up a 29 ball 41. His previous three scores read: 86, 37 and 60. With 224 runs in four games and leading the run charts for the Mumbai Indians, Karthik seemed to have hit a purple patch.
“I have been saying this from the start of the tournament that the key for me is to be consistent and help Mumbai Indians win games. If I can keep doing that, I will be very happy.” Karthik said, as he spoke exclusively to IPLT20.com after the match.
Karthik sure is enjoying his stint with the Mumbai Indians. May it be playing alongside the players he has admired as a kid or living up to the expectations of the team management. “I just like the fact that John Wright and Anil Kumble trusted me and sent me at number three. I felt that I had to deliver for them and wanted to give it my best.”
When Karthik walked in to bat against the Pune Warriors India on Saturday, MI had already lost their captain Ricky Ponting. Six runs later they lost Sachin Tendulkar and yet again it was the Karthik-Sharma duo that got the Mumbai Indians sailing with a half century stand. For Karthik the mantra was simple. “Just have a look at the situation and play according to the situation; that is the key. You have to be relaxed. It is normal for you to go through a lot of things as a player, but when you get into the middle you just have to try and concentrate every ball,” said Karthik.
The Mumbai Indians put up 183 runs on the board, but Karthik said, the team was in no mood to take the Pune Warriors India lightly.“We were happy that we got that many runs on the board, but we knew they had a very good batting line up and could bat till number eight or nine. It was important that we bowled well throughout the game and the bowlers did that.”
It was Mumbai Indians’ second consecutive win at home this year, which augured well for the team. “Last year we had a tough year, we did not win many home games, but this year things look good for us,” said Karthik.
72.72: Ricky Ponting’s strike-rate in IPL2013 – The worst for a batsman playing at least 50 balls in the tournament.
65: Runs scored by Mumbai Indians in the last 4 overs – most by any side in IPL2013.
63: Runs conceded by Ashok Dinda - most expensive figures in IPL history, along with Varun Aaron who also conceded as many runs while playing for Delhi Daredevils against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai in 2012.
43: Number of catches taken by Rohit Sharma in IPL – most by any fielder. He went ahead of Suresh Raina’s tally of 42.
10: Number of sixes hit by Rohit Sharma in IPL2013. He has hit only 9 fours!
4: Consecutive innings in which Dinesh Karthik has scored 35 or more in a match in IPL2013. His scores in the tournament so far: 60 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 37 vs Chennai Super Kings, 86 vs Delhi Daredevils and 41 vs Pune Warriors India.
3: Aaron Finch became third batsman to be dismissed off the first ball of team's innings in IPL2013 after Unmukt Chand (twice) and Kusal Perera.