The Mumbai Indians will literally have a “home” run in the Indian Premier League this season with the Sachin Tendulkar-led side ultimately playing seven of their first eight games in the city.
Six of them are at the Brabourne Stadium while Sunday’s game against the Deccan Chargers — an away game — will be played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.
The MI are currently topping the league standings with eight points from five matches and the way the teams are stacked up at this stage of the tournament, six points from the next three games should take them within striking distance of the knock-out phase.
It didn’t come as a surprise when Harbhajan Singh, the MI off-spinner, said his team would approach Sunday’s tie as a home game.
“We will be playing in Mumbai only. So, we will have more support than them,” he said.
“We have two more games at home before we start travelling. We will look to win them and try and ensure that we become the first team to qualify for the semifinals.”
Harbhajan said the team was keen on maintaining the winning run after a disappointing run in the previous two editions. “The last two years we made a lot of mistakes…we don’t want that to happen this time,” said Harbhajan. “We were almost there but did not make it. This time, everybody is doing his job, and not looking at the other to finish it. Sachin has been a great match-winner for India and he is doing it for us in the IPL.”
And when Andrew Symonds is part of opposition, you can’t help but ask Bhajji about his approach towards the Australian.
“It’s just another game for me. I have played a lot against him. I am not looking at it as between me and him.”