Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma doesn’t seem too phased about having to play Kolkata Knight Riders in the Qualifier 2 match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017on Friday.
Having lost the Qualifier 1 match against Rising Pune Supergiant, Mumbai Indians will have to defeat Gautam Gambhir’s Kolkata Knight Riders in order to reach the final of the 2017 Indian Premier League season.
However, Rohit reflected on a similar situation that his side had to face in the 2013 season, before they went on to win the IPL for the first time.
In the 2013 season, Mumbai Indians had lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 match by 48 runs, beaten Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 2 by four wickets and gone on to defeat CSK by 23 runs to win the tournament.
Should they manage to beat Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday, two-time champions Mumbai Indians will contest their fourth IPL final.
“I think we were in the same situation in 2013 as well. We lost the first Qualifier game then went on to win the title,” Rohit Sharma said in a video released to Mumbai Indians’ social media accounts of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on Thursday.
Their Qualifier 2 opponents, Kolkata Knight Riders had won against Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets after the application of the Duckworth-Lewis method in the Eliminator on Wednesday.
The KKR-SRH match had been blighted by heavy rain that forced the Kolkata Knight Riders innings to be reduced to just six overs with a revised target of 48, which they successfully chased in 5.2 overs.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling coach Muttiah Muralitharan said after the game that had his team been given the chance to bowl all 20 overs, they would have been able to defend their original 128 total.
Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile also felt hard done by the rules which saw the match carry well past 1am on Thursday morning because scheduling did not plan for rain delays.
Earlier in the season, a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad had to be abandoned without a ball bowled because of incessant rain.
Rohit feels nothing can be done if rain disrupts the Qualifier 2 and his side would prepare for a full T20 match.
“We have to come to the ground in a positive frame of mind thinking that there will be 40 overs of play. Conditions are conditions. It’s something that you cannot control. You’ve got to focus on the job at hand and that is coming out here and playing good cricket” he said.
Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders in both their group stage matches against the side, winning by nine runs at Eden Gardens on May 13 and by four wickets at Wankhede Stadium on April 9.
Rohit feels the positive results in the past will be an upper hand but his side cannot take anything for granted.
“We will be confident against these guys (Kolkata Knight Riders), but I believe that whoever is good on that particular day wins the game. We will not be thinking that we have beaten these guys twice in the tournament. We have to come out and do what we have been doing as a team,” he said.