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Rohit Sharma bats at No4 for MI © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) have had a poor start to their Vivo IPL 2018 season winning only one out of their six games so far. However, they have a reputation of starting slow and covering up in the end. Aditya Tare believes with eight games still to go, MI can change their fortune.

“We’re still in a situation where things are in our hands. So, if we play well from now on, I think we’ve got a great chance. The first target is to make the playoffs. We have to try and finish in the top four. And, then, it’s a different tournament from there on. Yes, at the moment, things are still in our hands. We haven’t had the ideal start, but one positive thing is that we’ve got eight games to go. We can still turn things around,” Tare said while addressing media in Pune.

When asked about Kieron Pollard‘s position in the playing XI despite of poor performance Tare said MI’s management have a lot of trust in their players.“It speaks a lot about the amount of trust and faith that the management and the franchise is putting in the players. I think it’s a great sign because you need stability. Once you pick your best XI, it’s important that you give them a lot of stability in terms of playing the game. Obviously, the result has not gone our way, but the performances have been really good. Except for the last game, which I guess was our worst in terms of performance, the other four games went to the last ball. That really doesn’t show that we played poorly. We haven’t got the result that we wanted but we’ve played well so far. I completely believe that stability is important. You have to trust your players. It’s important, especially during these times. So that’s what the management has been doing and that’s good,” Tare said.

There has also been talking about Rohit Sharma‘s batting position. Rohit opens the batting for India but comes to bat two down in the for MI. Talking on that Tare said Rohit can bat well at any position and win matches for the team. Rohit has scored 140 runs so far in six matches with an average of 23.33.  “Rohit is a phenomenal player. Even if he bats at the top of the order or in the middle order, I think he has got potential or ability to score runs and win games. Also, it’s not the first time that he has come down the order. He has won games at No. 4. And, obviously, he opens for Team India, but he has won games batting at No. 4. So, irrespective of the fact that he opens or bats at No. 4, it is important that he bats well. So, for me, I don’t think it’s a problem. It’s his decision to bat at No. 4. He feels that’s the best for the team. That shows his character. He is selfless and is doing it for the team,” Tare concluded.