IPL 2018: It’s better to let West Indian players do their thing, says Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, captain of Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians, says he doesn’t need to guide West Indies players and if you try to do it, the opposite happens.

cricket Updated: Apr 18, 2018 09:24 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Evin Lewis struck his first IPL half century for Mumbai Indians against Royal Challengers Bangalore.(AFP)

Mumbai Indians’ (MI) captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday quipped that players from the West Indies cannot be guided and leaving them to do ‘their thing’ is one way to get the best out of them. (HIGHLIGHTS)

Rohit’s comments came as a reply to a query made on how he as Mumbai Indians’ captain is guiding the young Evin Lewis, the explosive Caribbean batsman who is playing for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL). (SCORECARD)

Lewis struck his first IPL half-century — 65 off 42 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes — and added 108 runs for the third wicket with Rohit (94) to help Mumbai to a big score of 213/6, which culminated in Mumbai Indians’ first win in IPL 2018 by 46 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

“You don’t guide West Indian players at all. You have to let them be themselves. If you try and talk to them and tell them, ‘this is how you should defend’, ‘this is how you should play’, (the) opposite (happens). Nothing will fall in place. It is better that we let them to (do) their thing and that’s how you get the best out of them,” Rohit told media post Mumbai’s win.

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“One thing I have learn from handling Kieron Pollard because he is with the team and I don’t tell him anything, so I guess it will be the same with Evin Lewis because naturally, he is the striker of the ball, so you should not complicate things with him and allow him the way he wants to play, sometimes it will come off , sometimes it won’t, the day it comes off, he will win you games on his own, for such kind of players you don’t talk much you have to let them be themselves, most of the times,” Rohit added.

Rohit struck form on Tuesday with a fine 94, which powered Mumbai to a strong total. When asked about if the defending champions had any specific plan to attack RCB bowlers he said, “Not really, when you are batting you have to put pressure on the bowlers — whether it is spinners or fast bowlers you should, the time you allow them to bowl the day they want to bowl, that is when you will put yourself under pressure.”

“We never had any discussion about which bowler to target, like I said we had left-right combination going all the way through, when off spinners are bowling, right-handers are most likely to take that chances and when leg spinners are bowling left-handers will take most of the chances, that happens everywhere with all the team, that is the planning,” he added.

First Published: Apr 18, 2018 08:41 IST