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1: Mumbai Indians won the IPL title for the first time. They had lost to Chennai Super Kings by 22 runs in the 2010 final.
1: Chennai Super Kings suffered their first loss in a chase with MS Dhoni at the crease!
3: Number of players to accomplish the all-round double of 1000 runs and 50 wickets in IPL. Kieron Pollard emulated Jacques Kallis and Irfan Pathan.
4: For 42 – Dwayne Bravo’s figures in the match – best by any bowler in an IPL final on Indian soil. R Ashwin had taken 3 for 16 in 2011 edition (incidentally Anil Kumble’s 4 for 16 for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers at Johannesburg in 2009 are the best figures by a bowler in any IPL final). 6: Number of ducks recorded in the match – second most in an IPL match. Seven batsmen were dismissed for duck in Deccan Chargers vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala match at Kochi in 2011.
18: Number of sixes conceded by Dwayne Bravo in IPL 2013 – most by any bowler.
22: Number of consecutive innings in which Dwayne Bravo has taken a wicket in IPL – the longest sequence for a bowler in IPL.
26: Number of times Lasith Malinga has dismissed batsmen on ducks in IPL – most by a bowler.
32: Number of wickets taken by Dwayne Bravo in IPL 2013 – most by any bowler in a single IPL tournament. He went ahead of Lasith Malinga and James Faulkner who took 28 wickets in 2011 and 2013 editions respectively.
90: Number of sixes conceded by Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2013. Only Deccan Chargers (96 in 2012) and Kings XI Punjab (93 in 2008) conceded more sixes in a single edition of IPL.
273: The match aggregate is the lowest in an IPL final. The 2009 final between Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore had produced 280 runs.
510: Runs scored by Dinesh Karthik in IPL2013 – most by a wicketkeeper in a single edition of IPL. The previous record was of 495 runs held by Adam Gilchrist for Deccan Chargers in 2009.
In cricket numbers can be deceptive at times and may not paint the real picture. But in case of Harbhajan Singh’s record this IPL, they tell the true story. Talk of 22 wickets from 18 matches (before the final), at a remarkable 6.59 runs per over and an average of 20.09 – besides making Harbhajan’s best IPL season numerically, the above figures are also a representation of how well the off-spinner has bowled.
In and out of the national team, the veteran spinner needed a little push from the back and a few words from a trusted ally. Enter Anil Kumble. Mumbai Indians’ new team mentor helped his former India spin-twin regain his mojo. All he did was reminded Harbhajan of a quality that made him one of the most successful Indian spinners – bowl for a higher number in the wickets column, not a low number in the runs column. Harbhajan did that and reaped the result.
After accepting his Man-of-the-Match award for 4-0-23-3 in Qualifier 2, against Rajasthan Royals, the MI offie spoke to IPLT20.com., and apart from his bowling, he also spoke about how the new leadership group in the team comprising John Wright (head coach), Kumble (team mentor) and Ricky Ponting (captain) led the team to the IPL final.
This will be the second IPL final for Mumbai Indians after 2010. Big moment?
It’s a big stage for us. The final is just a day after the Qualifier and everything is moving so quickly. This is where we wanted to be as a team because we knew that we had the team to reach the final. Just one more good game and we will get what we have wanted for so long.
What is the biggest reason behind MI’s incredible consistency this season?
I think the big difference is that we have scored lot of runs this year. Most of our batsmen have been in really good form. People like Rohit (Sharma) and Dinesh (Karthik) have been consistent, (Kieron) Pollard has played some brilliant innings and (Dwayne) Smith has been great for us at the top of the order. The bowlers have done alright to back the good batting line-up.
Your bowling has been a seen vast improvement this IPL season. What role as Anil Kumble played in that?
Anil bhai keeps telling me to back myself in whatever situation I bowl and always look to take wickets, even if you go for runs. If you bowl defensively thinking, ‘okay, let me just get away by bowling a six-run over’, it won’t work because the batsman will make up for it in the next over. The key is to always try and make the batsman play differently; make him play the way you want him to. That’s how Anil bhai has made a difference, by always telling us spinners to bowl with intent to pick wickets.
How is it being reunited with your former India coach, John Wright?
It brings back a lot of good, old happy memories. John has been fantastic with MI, as he was with India. He remains a man who doesn’t come out in the limelight and says much, but does his job quietly and nicely.
The leadership group that MI have, it cannot be bettered, can it?
Anil bhai has been brilliant with the team. Ricky has been really good with the youngsters and also when it comes to talking to the team and motivating the team. Add to that list guys like Sachin Tendulkar, Jonty Rhodes and John – what else do you want in a dressing room? Having such an amount of experience in the dressing room makes things easier on the field for us.
What kind of a captain do you think Rohit Sharma is?
He’s done well , he’s only young and still learning the trade. The great sign is that he is learning very quickly. He has taken the responsibility of captaincy on his shoulders and has started to bat really well. I want him to continue in the same vein and if he does so, we might see him lead India one day. These are the guys that should step up and be counted because they will take Team India forward in the future.