Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer was effusive in his praise for “star-studded” Mumbai Indians and said the presence of match-winners proved to be the difference between the two teams in the Champions League Twenty20 match in New Delhi.
“We got a lot out of the game. Mumbai Indians is a team of superstars; they have incredible talent, and got the win they wanted in the required number of overs. When you have the stars that Mumbai Indians have, they are always going to run the show,” Langer said at the post-match press conference.
“Mumbai are dangerous because they have so many superstars. In Twenty20 cricket, it’s the match-winners that make the difference and we saw that tonight. Obviously Dwayne Smith batted beautifully, Harbhajan Singh bowled beautifully, Kieron Pollard did not make too many runs but he is always dangerous, Sachin Tendulkar missed out but Rohit, that was an incredible innings. So they have a lot of stars. They are dangerous side,” added Langer.
He, however, seemed satisfied with the early dismissal of senior India batsman Tendulkar for nought.
“It was good to get Sachin early. That was a big wicket,” he said.