Dubai: Mumbai Indians (MI) players credited the team’s effort to win the title for the fifth time in the IPL and said that it was an advantage for the team to come to terms with the circumstances of the UAE by coming a month earlier.
Mumbai also defended their title by defeating Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the final. They have also become the most successful team in the IPL and hence Pollard described it as the best T20 team in the world.
Kieron Pollard said, ‘It is a great feeling that I have been associated with this team for the last 11 years and this is the fifth trophy. With all the trophies that Mumbai has, you can say that Mumbai is the best T20 team ‘.
The team’s all-rounder Krunal Pandya said, ‘A lot of credit goes to our preparations. We came here a month ago and everyone knew his role. Everyone was in their best position to play ‘.
Hardik Pandya could not bowl this season due to back pain but he is happy with the role he played. He said, ‘I am not disturbed by this. Enjoy what i did I got this chance. It is all about preparation. We focused on doing well and constantly improving.
Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said that he was in rhythm from the beginning even though he had to struggle in the initial matches. He said, ‘From the first match I felt that my rhythm was good. When I did a super over against AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli, after that my confidence increased. I kept things simple and focused on basics all the time.
Suryakumar Yadav said, ‘Preparation, process and routine are important. You have to demonstrate your skills. He (about losing his wicket in front of Rohit) was batting well then. It was an innings, so I don’t regret losing my wicket.
Ishaan Kishan said, ‘To be honest, I did not look in very good condition before this season. I spoke to Krunal and Hardik (Pandya) and worked on my fitness and off-side sports’.
Australian fast bowler Nathan Culter Nile said that being a part of the champion team for the first time is feeling good. Cullter Nile said, ‘Pattinson was bowling very well so I was happy to wait for the opportunity that I got. It was fantastic to perform well at the end of the tournament.
South African wicketkeeper batsman Quinton de Kock said that it was difficult to stay away from family during the time of Kovid-19 but it feels good to be part of the winning team. Dickock said, ‘It was difficult to stay away from family but it is a great feeling. Questions were being raised about whether Mumbai Indians could defend the title. The support staff everyone played their important role. It was not possible without their cooperation.
Jayant Yadav, who played only two matches, including the final in the tournament, said, ‘It is a great feeling to be a part of the champion team for two consecutive years. This shows the strength of our team. This is the result of efforts made throughout the session.
Rahul Chahar, who could not make it to the playing XI in the final, said, ‘It is not important not to play mine, it is important to win the title. I feel very good that I played my part in winning the title to the team.