Having regained his form, Rohit Sharma has now opened up to batting at any position for the team © AFP
Having regained his form, Rohit Sharma has now opened up to batting at any position for the team © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered their maiden victory against Gujarat Lions (GL) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on Sunday. This victory also helped the two-time IPL champions to surge to the top of the IPL 2017 points table. Moreover, MI will be happy with the fact that their skipper Rohit Sharma found his long-lost form back. Rohit remained unbeaten on 40 off 29 deliveries thus ensuring his team crossing over the required target with ease. Prior to this game, Rohit had scores of 3, 2, 4 and 0. But Rohit, who batted at No. 4, hinted that he may also open the innings if the situation demands. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions – Match 16

“I would love to open, but you have to see certain things from the team’s perspective, find the right balance. (Me) batting at 4 or 3 gives the team right balance,” Rohit was quoted as saying by PTI after Mumbai Indians’ win by 6 wickets, with 3 balls to spare, at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday evening.

“Last year we felt we wanted someone to bat till the end which was not happening and we were not able to finish the games. I am open to anything whatever the team requires. I will go and open also and I am not closing my options right now,” said Rohit who has been a regular opener for India in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Live cricket updates: Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions – Match 16

So far in the five games that MI have played in IPL 2017, Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler have opened the innings and with Nitish Rana having been in a splendid form so far, he has been promoted up the order at No. 3. Rana scored 53 in 36 balls in the successful run-chase to become the tournament’s leading run-getter.

“I am not going to change [the order] as there’s a brilliant batsman [Rana] at no. 3 right now. He has got the Orange cap. He’s a fearless batsman and takes on the bowlers. It’s his ideal spot,” said Rohit.
Asked about his return to form in the tournament, he said, “I thought you will ask me about the win. I have been a bit let down at the start, it’s not the standard I set for myself, but what is gone is gone and I am not thinking about it.

“It’s good to get some runs and I am very happy with the win. These guys were bowling googlies and I was playing against the spin which I was not supposed. Today I just decided to play straight.” He also praised his teammates for enabling the team notch up its fourth straight win that has boosted MI to the top of the IPL 10 points table with eight points from five games. “Lots of credit to the players as notching up four consecutive wins is never easy, especially after we had been challenged in terms of conditions,” Rohit said.