The Mumbai Indians will do themselves a big favour by taking a leaf out of JP Duminy’s book, for the South African comes across as a great believer in sticking to a game-plan that has worked for him over the years.
“I believe in doing what has worked for me. There are obviously going to be times when it won’t come off, but there’s no need to chop and change,” said Duminy.
In these words lies a lesson for the Mumbai Indians. In Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, they have probably the best openers the world has ever seen in the shorter version of the game. They should have simply stuck with the combination that worked for them initially, and waited for it to click again.
Coming back to Duminy, the left-hander tried to sound game for shifting up or down the order despite his willingness to be steady than being adventurous and anxious. “I am willing to bat at any position if the team or any game plan or situation requires that,” the left-hander said. “I would prefer to bat in the top four I guess. Batting at the top allows you to take advantage of the field restrictions and get some quick boundaries, while you have to work out singles and twos in the middle overs,” he said.
But what’s going wrong for the team that started off so well? “There’s nothing wrong with the team as such. We have gelled together really well and the team-spirit is also great. It’s just that we have failed to stand up and be counted on critical moments,” he said.
“It’s down to every individual to take care of his game. He must know or find out what’s he got to do in such a situation. We have a lot of experience around, and the youngsters will feed off it, but one has to have his game plan and stick to it,” he said.
The left-hander admitted that it would be really disappointing and painful if they don’t make it to the semis. “Yes, it’s going to be painful, but we are still hopeful. We are just looking forward to winning both the games, hoping that they will see us through.”