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Anand Subramaniam in Jaipur 16 April 2013 - 08:47pm IST

Royals cannot be taken lightly: John Wright

MI coach believes playing RR at home will be a challenge

Here is a side that is enjoying success. Here is a side that is no longer about individual performances. The Mumbai Indians are on a roll having won three out of the four matches played so far. Out of those three wins, two have been comprehensive victories in their own backyard. Sachin Tendulkar displayed his lethal self in the previous game and the young duo of Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma yet again showed they were ‘responsibility ready’ when the chips were down.

Not surprisingly Mumbai Indians’ coach John Wright is happy with the team’s performance. “We have been quite happy with our side. We lost the first game narrowly and have dominated in the last two games. To be honest we have a balanced side, the nature of T20 is that generally you have one or two dominant performances from either side and no matter how you match up on paper, it depends how we fare on match day. We know we have got match winners and so do our opposition. It will be an even contest. said Wright

Talking about their opposition, Wright was not willing to take the Royals lightly at home. The respect for the opposition came from Wright as he said, “I think they are a good side. They are playing at home and you have got to respect that. I think it will be a tough game. We are playing good cricket, but it is so important to take one game at a time. I think we have to prepare well for tomorrow and I believe it will be a tough match.”

Mumbai Indians’ last two games were at home that were big scoring games where teams got to 150 plus scores on both occasions. Now, facing the Royals at home, the wickets and the conditions will be different and adapting to them will be a big challenge according to Wright. “It looks a good wicket, perhaps a little movement in it early maybe. But having looked at the highlights of the previous match there were a lot of wickets that fell early in the match. They didn’t have a lot to do with the wicket; but it looks a good batting track. The boundaries are wide in this stadium which is a different challenge for us. Running between the wickets and fielding and adapting well here will be the key.”

Also, in the games so far, a lot has been spoken about the experienced duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting not able to fire with all guns blazing. Wright defended the senior pros saying they are still potential match winners for the side. “Sachin played really well in the last match and has been run out twice. Ricky is leading the side in a fantastic fashion and we know that form is temporary and class is permanent. They both are a big part of us. We do not look at averages and they are match winners and on their day they can go on and win the game for us.”

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