Four years on, Mumbai are a well-knit unit
As we move towards the final lap of IPL-4, there is already an air of expectancy in the Mumbai Indians' dressing room. So far, we have done justice to our abilities and played as a unit, says Harbhajan Singh.india Updated: May 07, 2011 00:48 IST
As we move towards the final lap of IPL-4, there is already an air of expectancy in the Mumbai Indians' dressing room. So far, we have done justice to our abilities and played as a unit. Each member of the side has contributed and played the role that has been assigned to him. In fact, we are in reality the end result of the hard work put in by everyone working for the team.
First and foremost, credit goes to our owners who have tried their best to retain the nucleus of the group. Not just the players, even the support staff got the full backing of the management and here also you don't see many changes. It's great to have this kind of backing from the management irrespective of the results, and this translates into responsibility.
We have spent four years together and know each other very well. We know how to handle situations and minimise mistakes. There is a great sense of camaraderie and joy in the dressing room. Like any other place, cricket dressing rooms are always full of characters. Ali Murtaza is one of them. He's the Michael Jackson of the side who can dance to anything and everything. Then, we have Kieron Pollard who brings Caribbean flavour to the game. Just like many West Indian greats, he is calm and cool off the field and red-hot on it. Rohit Sharma, the local lad, brings the freshness of youth to the side.
All this bonding helps you overcome challenges in a much better way. The advantage of a well-knit unit is, more often than not, reflected in the fielding ability. Look at the standards we have set for ourselves.
As a batsman, runs are counted in your account and the same hold true for bowlers. But, fielding is one aspect, which you do for one other. So far, our fielding has been exceptional and some of the catches have been breathtaking. Credit must be given to our coaches, Robin Singh and Jonty Rhodes, who have worked really hard to raise our fitness levels.
Despite topping the table, we are not taking anything for granted. We would like to go into the play-offs as the number one side. PMG