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May 3, 2014
Mumbai Indians (MI) registered their first win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 when they defeated the high-flying Kings XI Punjab on Saturday evening. But before the start of the match, former cricketer Dean Jones expressed his displeasure over the presence of bigwigs such as Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in the Mumbai camp during this IPL 7 tournament.
“Are the players worried about so many legends around them that they are afraid to take their own decisions on the field? It’s great to have leadership, Sachin, Ponting, Wright … all the greats are there, but is it too much?”, Jones was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Mumbai Indians have a star-studded coaching staff, with Tendulkar being the team’s icon, former Australia captain Ponting as a consultant, former India captain Anil Kumble as a part of team management. They have John Wright as coach and South Africa’s Jonty Rhodes as their fielding coach.
“Mumbai have made the worst start ever of all times and getting closer to being the worst team. If I had said that Mumbai would lose their first five, you did say that I am on drugs,” Jones said tongue-in-cheek.
Jones raised questions over Mumbai Indians’ players behaviour and said they are not looking in a great shape. “When players don’t talk and work together as a team, it’s very worrying. Mumbai can be in trouble because the best teams don’t behave like this,” said Jones.
Talking about the match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, which Mumbai later won by five wickets, Jones said, “They have to win six out of their last nine to make the playoffs and their confidence will be high. The attitude is better and Sunrisers have a good chance to come back into the tournament.”
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