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Corey Anderson is the man responsible for Mumbai Indians’ surprise qualification to the Playoffs. His unbeaten 95 off 44 balls propelled MI to 195 in 14.4 overs, thus beating Rajasthan Royals not only in the game but also on net run-rate, and therefore, making it to the final four. Now as they gear up for the big game – the Eliminator, against Chennai Super Kings – at Brabourne Stadium, MI’s man of the moment says he feels much more fearless and confident after his last match’s antics.
“We pulled off what people thought was impossible and it was a pretty good feeling,” Anderson said of his knock. “It’s almost a sense of relief that we’re in the Playoffs and we’ll start with an even playing field. So, yes, we are fearless after the last game and we can continue the momentum; we have a real shot at winning this.”
The Kiwi was all the rage in the 2014 IPL Player Auction, before MI lapped him up for Rs. 4.5 crore. However, he had a quiet IPL. Until he broke loose. When asked why it took him so long to find form, Anderson said that T20 is not quite his strong suit.
“T20 is the one format I have struggled in the most. The more I play it, the more I’ll learn. With the group of men in our camp, who have played a lot of international cricket, it is very easy to learn. I’m glad I have lived up to the faith the team has shown in me by contributing to where we are right now,” the New Zealander said.
Besides the team’s newly found confidence and attitude, what will also benefit MI is that both Qualifier 2 and the Eliminator will be played in Mumbai, the city that is always behind their hometown heroes.
“The crowd has been behind us 100 percent even when we have been at the bottom of the table. To have that confidence that they are going to back us no matter what, is a good feeling.”
The blitzkriegs of Yusuf Pathan and Corey Anderson have brought Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians together in the IPL 2014 Eliminator. The two teams with a budding strong rivalry will lock horns on Wednesday, at the Brabourne Stadium – a fairly unknown venue in the IPL. Going into the big game, CSK coach, Stephen Fleming, admitted that selecting the XI best suited for the conditions at the CCI will be the biggest challenge for the team management.
“It makes it difficult. You tend to build your knowledge on a particular ground and determine what kind of individuals to select based on the conditions,” Fleming said. “To play at a ground that hasn’t hosted a lot of cricket and doesn’t have any recent history is a big challenge. Our biggest challenge in this game is that we are not a 100 percent sure exactly what kind of side we should select. We’ll just look to pick players who are ready for the opportunity and are experienced in general.”
Fleming, however, felt that the Mumbai Indians will feel more at home at Mumbai’s second venue and that CSK will have to bring their A game. “MI defeated us the last year, but this year, we’ve had some revenge with two wins against them. In effect, it is a home game for Mumbai Indians and we will have to play extremely well. We’re in good form and we’re happy with the way we’ve come into the Playoffs.”
Fleming said that it was good for his team to come into the Playoffs with a win against RCB, after their short slump in the middle, where they lost three games on the bounce.
“It was important to stop the run of defeats,” the CSK coach said. “We were not playing well and there were a number of reasons for those three losses in a row. Maybe it was the fact that we had already qualified in the top-four; whatever it was, we were complete off the mark. The performance in Bangalore was exactly what I had asked for.”
While he was pleased with the team’s momentum, Fleming did rue the fact that they missed out on finishing in the top-two, as KKR overtook them on the basis of a superior net run-rate.
“It feels a bit odd when you have the same number of wins as the other team, but here, the nature of the wins matters a lot too. There are rules and we’ve known them all along. We tried to win a game quickly against SRH in Sharjah and almost lost it. So, we learnt a lesson of just concentrating to win the game, even if the net run-rate doesn’t work in our favour.
We’re delighted to be in the Playoffs; it shows good consistency, and if this is a champion team, we will overcome the challenge of winning three consecutive games to become the worthy champions,” he said.