Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar looked unhappy and said he is disappointed with their batting. After a string of losses, he knows how difficult a semi-final berth will be and tried his best to stay positive.
“We might have been pushed into a spot but we will give it our best shot to win the remaining matches and make the grade,” said Tendulkar. Mumbai Indians, with seven points from nine outings, are second-last on the table.
On the repeated reversals, Tendulkar said philosophically: “You give 100 per cent on the field, sometimes you are successful, sometimes not.”
Like with teams on a losing streak, not everything is hunky dory with the IPL’s most expensive franchise. Reports of discontent about Tendulkar being vested with sweeping powers refuse to go away though no one’s willing to be quoted.
It hasn’t helped that Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya have had only one explosive start. Tendulkar was critical of their batting, saying: “The bowlers and fielders did quite well, but batsmen didn’t play to potential.”
To add to their misery, Shikhar Dhawan, Saurabh Tiwari and Zaheer Khan are nursing injuries and it’s unlikely they’ll be in the playing XI for Sunday’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“I cannot comment on Zaheer’s fitness,” he said.
On why Jayasuriya was kept out of Friday’s tie against the Delhi Daredevils, Tendulkar said: “It was a very tough decision. Luke Ronchi did very well in the practice match. That’s why I thought of going with a different combination.”
Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi Daredevils’ stand-in skipper, said the team missed the injured Virender Sehwag. On not playing New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori and retired Australia paceman Glenn McGrath, he said: “As long as the team is winning, we should not tamper with the playing XI.”