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Rohit Sharma: Mumbai Indians deserve IPL 2014 playoff spot

Rohit Sharma said Mumbai Indians were consistent as they won seven of their last nine games © PTI
Rohit Sharma said Mumbai Indians were consistent as they won seven of their last nine games © PTI

Mumbai: May 26, 2014

Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma said it was an unbelievable feeling to make it into the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 playoffs. But also said the team deserved it as they had showed excellent consistency after losing the first five games in the UAE where the first phase of the IPL 7 was held because of the general elections in the country.

Mumbai stunned Rajasthan Royals (RR) to qualify for the IPL 7 playoffs on Sunday at Wankhede Stadium. They chased down a daunting 190-run target in only 14.3 overs to better their net run-rate. Mumbai finished fourth in the IPL 2014 Points Table and pushed Rajasthan to No 5.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, honestly. People wrote us off after those first five games. To come here at the end of day and see Mumbai Indians at No 4 is simply amazing. We really played some good cricket and deserved to be in top-four. Since we came back to India we have played nine games and lost only two and won seven. It shows we are a consistent team.

Rohit was all praise for the left-handed New Zealander Corey Anderson for his whirlwind unbeaten 95 off only 44 balls [with six sixes and nine fours in it] and his match-winning partnership of 81 runs for the fifth wicket with Ambati Rayudu, who made an invaluable 10-ball 30 with a six and five fours.

“He proved that he’s capable of doing such heroics on the field. He always had that ability to play such knocks. I don’t know what was happening earlier on. But today he performed the way we expected him to. It was a good choice to get him to bat at No 3 and give him the license to just go and play his shots and he did just that.

“I had played with him in New Zealand recently and saw what kind of talent he had. I always believed he could produce a performance like that any time and it was due today [Sunday] was the perfect day I hope he continues that form which would be really good for us.”

Asked about the next game, the knock out play-off Eliminator against former champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium on May 28, Rohit said he was yet to put his thoughts on that.

“My mind is not working right now. I am not thinking about it right now. Probably on Monday onwards it will be on. I need to relax in the dressing room and see how we have performed in the last 14 games.

“Chennai is a good team we know their strengths and weaknesses. It will be a challenge to play against them. Their form is a little inconsistent. We probably would try and use that to our advantage, but no underestimating them.”

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