I don’t run behind my players with stick in hand: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma couldn’t have asked for a collective performance from his players in the IPL 2020 final against Delhi Capitals at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. Rohit Sharma’s team beat Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets with six balls to spare to lift their fifth title in their thirteen-year journey. Interestingly, for the first time ever, Mumbai Indians defended their title.

I don't run behind my players with stick in hand: Rohit Sharma
MI captain

They have a history of winning the trophy in odd seasons of the IPL. However, they broke the odd-number jinx to win the title. Ahead of this IPL, MI had a poor record in the United Arab Emirates. They also started this season with a defeat over Chennai Super Kings and there was no turning back since then.

The most-successful team started winning games and finished first in the points table. They were the first to qualify for the playoffs and also defeated Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier to reach their sixth final. They got their job done even in the final. With this win, they defeated Delhi Capitals four times this season.

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Mumbai Indians pacer Trent Boult was named the man of the match for his sensational bowling performance in the final. He picked three wickets to his name, giving away 30 runs in his spell of four overs. On the other hand, Rohit played a captain’s knock as he chipped in with a valuable 68 off 51 with the help of 5 fours and 4 sixes.

The winning captain received a cheque of INR 20,00,00,000. At the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said that he is not someone who runs behind the players with a stick. The players know exactly what needs to be done to put on a great show. “I’m not someone who can run behind them with a stick, and it’s important to instil confidence in the players. Krunal, Hardik and Pollard have done their job for a long time, they know their roles.

Rahul missed out today, and we need to make sure we put an arm around him and assure him that he didn’t do anything wrong and that it was a tactical move. We made sure Ishan and Surya had confidence – just have to let Ishan loose, and Surya is a more matured player but throughout the tournament he has played some incredible shots. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have the fans at the stadium. We missed playing at the Wankhede and hopefully, we can get back there next year.

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