Need to win final four games: Anderson

MI batsman talks about his team’s chances of making Playoffs

Ahmedabad 18 May 2014
As Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 approaches its business end, probabilities and mathematical calculations take centre stage with multiple teams looking to stay in contention for the Playoffs. The Mumbai Indians are one such side that will depend heavily on other teams’ net run-rates and outcomes to make it past the league stage. Currently placed second-last on the points table, MI’s chances are slim, and hence, they will look to win their remaining four games comprehensively.

The team has been practicing under the watchful eyes of their coaches and mentors over the last couple of days in Ahmedabad as they look to turn their situation around.

Speaking to the media ahead of their match against Rajasthan Royals, MI’s Corey Anderson reiterated the same thought. “It definitely would be tense and a pressure situation. Every match from here is important; it’s an easy equation and we have to win everything. A few things have to go our way as well. But if the rest of the games go our way, then hopefully, few things will fall in place, and I guess, the Playoffs are still an option.”

The one department that needs to click for MI is their batting. Their line-up will be facing Pravin Tambe and co. in Ahmedabad on Monday afternoon. When asked about their strategy to counter the leg-spinner, who has been posing questions to batsmen across the league, Anderson said, “We have got our own strategies. A lot of sides have good leg-spinners in their ranks. A lot of boys are floating around and have been doing a really good job for their teams this year. We have similar strategies for them. And a few of them, we are facing for the first time as well. We have quality spinners in our line-up also, who can help us out.”

Speaking about the team, he added, “The way Twenty20 games go, sometimes some guys come off and some don’t. On the bowling front, we have been pretty good, and with the batting, we could have done a little better in different situations. But sometimes, it takes one guy to have a good game and win. It is ifs and buts. But at the moment, we are going to focus on the next four games, and hopefully, get wins.”

One of the key bowlers for MI has been Lasith Malinga, who has been called up to his national side and will be missed by the Rohit Sharma-led team. Discussing the absence of the fast bowler, Anderson mentioned, “For any side it is a huge space to fill. Whoever takes the role, I am sure they will do a good job. We know our plans. We are starting to get into the latter stage of the tournament now. Whoever comes in, I hope they do a good job.”

Speaking about his own experience of playing in the IPL, he said, “It’s like nothing I have experienced before. The crowds are loud and it is a great atmosphere. To play against some of the best players from different countries is a good experience. It has been a good experience, and hopefully, it gets better if we can win the next games.”
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