The second phase of the Indian Premier League has come to an end where the league matches are already finished. While the playoff matches will begin today, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Banglore and Kolkata Knight Riders are preparing for their respective matches. And, former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has suggested his retentions for Mumbai Indians for the upcoming season as a mega auction will take place ahead of the next season.
He has chosen Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma for the next season as well. With this choice, he has left out Surya Kumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Quinton de Kock. Notably, all of them have been brilliant for the Mumbai Indians for quite some time now.
However, Mumbai Indians are by far the most successful team in the IPL. They have won the title five times as well. But this season they had a poor show and they failed to reach the playoffs as well.
But, they finished the league with a win over SunRisers Hyderabad. After the game, Rohit Sharma said: “(Additional pressure?) When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you are always expected to go out and perform. I wouldn’t call that as pressure. More than anything, it’s expectations. It was very tough (to drop big players), I want to back the players and keep the same squad going. We have had on and off season this time around. We have had a fabulous run as a franchise. It was wonderful to be part of this set-up, we can be very proud of that.
We were getting momentum in Delhi and there was a break, that didn’t help the team. It was a collective failure of group. Very happy with win today, we gave everything, I am sure it was entertaining for the fans as well. They have always been supportive, they have always stood by us. Little disappointed we didn’t go through. He (Ishan Kishan) is a very talented player, just the right position for him to bat is very crucial. Today was a perfect game for him. That is the situation he likes. It was wonderful to see from the other end.”