Abu Dhabi: Rohit Sharma, captain of Mumbai Indians, is delighted that his team lived up to expectations with his clinical batting and bowling performance, which culminated in an eight-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders for his fifth consecutive victory in the IPL here .
After bowlers limited KKR to 148 for five, opening batsman Quinton de Kock made his way to 78 off 44 balls to complete the task for Mumbai on Friday.
“(We were) clinical with the ball, clinical with the bat, generally you know, the performance we expected was there,” Rohit said during the presentation ceremony.
“It’s always a challenge when you win four out of four, how you approach that day, it’s very important and I thought we showed up really well, from the start we were there on their faces.”
According to Rohit, he usually takes a back seat when he bats with de Kock, who takes on the bowlers from the start.
‘I enjoy batting with him (De Kock), he is very straightforward about what he wants to do and I have mostly taken a back seat because he likes to take on the bowlers.
‘I’m probably judging the situation, I have a role in the group and I try to do it more often.
“But I want Quinny to bat like he bats and not to put any pressure on what the team expects of him, as long as he keeps doing what he wants to do, we are in a good position,” Rohit added. .
Rohit said the win is special because the team raced successfully, which could be the trend in the second half of the tournament.
“It gives us a lot of confidence, it has been the trend so far in the first half of the tournament. The team that batted second lost many games.
‘I assume that is changing now, the second half of the tournament will see teams batting second batting win most of the matches. That’s how I feel, ‘he said.