Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

4 reasons why Mumbai Indians won the tenth edition of IPL

4 reasons why Mumbai Indians won the tenth edition of IPL

Such was the batting plight of Rohit's team that they played an astounding 54 dot balls (9 maiden overs) in their full 20 overs.

Sharma was also asked questions about captaincy in the post-match press conference. Mumbai erupted with joy after becoming the only team to win three titles after triumphs in 2013 and 2015. "I feel that is the most critical part of winning a tournament", he said. "We spoke about the last game against KKR, who are a better batting unit in this tournament whom we restricted for just 105, so why can't we do it again", said Rohit explaining the dressing room atmosphere after posting only 129. Just one run separated the victor and loser and Johnson's cool response to the manner of win captured the essence of the great game of cricket: "These are the moments we play for, " said Johnson matter of fact. "They give us the option to go in with five bowlers every time we take the field", said Rohit. "I will grab it with both hands", he said. He had scored 30 of his 47 runs on the leg side. So if you don't bat well, you won't make a big target.

"We lost wickets, or they bowled a good over".

"We just couldn't get over the line. 160 on this wicket probably would have been a match winning score", he said.

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"We got some proven match winners in our squad". Ltd, for the first ten year tranche MI always believed that it was in the league to compete for the ultimate prize. They have always done the job wherever they've played. Normally, you look at a team like ours and you say (Lasith) Malinga will naturally do the death bowling. They've done it consistently. Yes, I could happily rely on him when I needed the most. That's what experience does. "When you start to base your attack around a bowler like Jasprit, that shows his quality.He'll definitely play Test cricket and can be a world-class bowler across all formats".

Mumbai were under pressure at 16 for 2 in 5 overs before Rohit picked up Lockie Ferguson for some special treatment, hitting four boundaries to get a move on. The bowling unit came in together.

As a result, the team won the championship, marking their third win in the IPL. For me as a captain, to see these guys delivering it's pretty pleasing. "We would have loved to have sat here for the icing on the cake but it does not change the feelings about the work that we put in". At the end of the day it's about going and implementing it on the field. Mitchell Johnson is a proven customer.

On if he aspires to be Indian T20 captain: (Laughs) that's thinking too far ahead. So, if I keep doing it, I think that the rest of the things will follow. When the opportunity comes, it comes.

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