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IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians will stick to game plan, not fret over run rate, says Suryakumar Yadav

Mumbai Indians’ consistent batsman of IPL 2018, Suryakumar Yadav wants his team to focus on beating eliminated Delhi Daredevils in the final league game and not worry about run rate calculations to make it to the playoffs.

cricket Updated: May 19, 2018 23:30 IST
N Ananthanarayanan
N Ananthanarayanan
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mumbai Indians will take on Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla in New Delhi on Sunday.(AFP)

If holders Mumbai Indians are still in with a chance to make it to the playoffs of the Indian Premier League going into the final day of the league phase, Suryakumar Yadav deserves a huge amount of credit.

The opening batsman has been a picture of consistency, scoring 500 runs with four half-centuries to provide another example of batsmen carrying domestic form into the glitzy IPL, like Chennai Super Kings’ Ambati Rayudu among others.

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Ahead of the final league game against eliminated Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Sunday, the Mumbai Ranji Trophy batsman cautioned his teammates not to worry about net run rate and instead get the win and two points.

Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore all entered their final game with 12 points. With the best net run rate among the teams, MI have an upper hand.

“We’re not thinking about all that,” Suryakumar Yadav said on Saturday when asked about the must-win game against DD. “We’re only thinking about what we are doing right. Rather than think about the net run rate, we will focus on doing the small things right which will help us get those two points.”

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Although Mumbai Indians needed four wins in their last five games to even coming within sniffing distance of a playoff berth, Yadav felt the struggle didn’t reflect the quality of cricket the holders have played.

“Since game one, we’ve been playing some really good cricket. We didn’t start well, but it wasn’t that we weren’t playing good cricket. We were playing good cricket, but victory was not on our side.

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“Coming into the latter part of the tournament, that was when we started gaining momentum. As you saw, winning the last home game (vs KXIP by 3 runs), taking the two crucial points were very important.

“These two points will also be very important for us; we will treat it as just another game.”

However, Mumbai will not cave in under pressure, he was confident. “This game teaches you many things. Whenever we have been put under pressure, we have played really good cricket. This game is all about handling pressure. If there is no pressure, there is no fun. There is challenge and lot of responsibilities as well. So, it is important to stay calm.”

Although DD are finishing up another disappointing IPL season, Suryakumar Yadav refused to underestimate the team led by his Mumbai Ranji teammate Shreyas Iyer.

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“They have been playing some very good cricket and it is important to give that first punch… Rather than complicating things, we will try and keep things simple and see what happens.

First Published: May 19, 2018 20:54 IST