Skipper Sachin Tendulkar might have scripted Mumbai Indians’ win over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL opener last night, but the batting maestro credited the victory to mentor Shaun Pollock and fielding coach Jonty Rhodes and said the duo were among the best cricketing brains in South Africa.
Tendulkar scored a masterly unbeaten 59 to help his side post a competitive score of 166 on the board and then displayed witty leadership qualities on the field to restrict the Super Kings and start their campaign in the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on a winning note.
However, Tendulkar feels that it was Pollock and Rhodes’ inputs about South African conditions that played a crucial role in his side’s victory against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.
“There are no better people than Shaun and Jonty to tell us about the conditions. They have worked tremendously over the past few weeks along with the third coach Praveen Amre,” Tendulkar said.
“Pollock and Rhodes have been working with the Mumbai Indians playing squad in Durban and used all their expertise in getting the youngsters used to the conditions here. Rhodes and Pollock are among the best minds in South African cricket,” he added.