IPL 2012: Rohit Sharma ready to open the innings for Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians batsman Rohit Sharma said the Mumbai Indians batsmen disappointed in humiliating loss against Delhi Daredevils AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Apr 17, 2012

After receiving a drubbing at the hands of Delhi Daredevils (DD), Mumbai Indians (MI) batsman Rohit Sharma feels the home team s batsmen let the team down in Monday s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 tie.

Rohit was quoted by the official website of IPL as saying, “It was quite a disappointing performance from us, specially the batters. It was a good wicket to bat, but we didn t apply ourselves.

“Somewhere around 140 or 150 would have been a good score. The wicket had some bounce in it. Hopefully, we should rectify our mistakes in the next game we play and it should be a different story.”

Rohit added that though Delhi bowlers bowled tight, Mumbai batsmen did not apply themselves well at the crease.

“A bit of poor batting and their bowlers were on target today. It was poor application by us today. There is plenty of time now, so nothing to worry about,” said the batsman.

Rohit felt that personally, he is in good form but added that he wants to take more responsibility and see his team through 20 overs.

He said,” I am pretty happy. I am hitting the ball well. [I] just need to take more responsibility and take the team through and look to play 20 overs.

“It s not possible every time because at times you need to hit shots and in process you might get out. So you should play by taking everything into consideration.”

“It s not an easy job. The middle overs situation is never easy, sometimes you need to check on the number of overs left and sometimes you need to catch up on the run-rate. There are a lot of things to think about when you are batting in the middle order.”

On MI missing their strike bowler Lasith Malinga, Rohit said, “He [Malinga] is our key bowler and there is no doubt about it. He had some back problem, and hopefully, [he] should be fit for the next game.

Rohit opined that, if required, he is willing to open the innings for the Mumbai Indians. “It really depends on the team management. The role given to me by the management and the captain is to sort the middle overs out,” he said.”If the management wants me to open I will. But again, Sachin [Tendulkar] will be fit for the next game, so it shouldn t be an issue.”

The stylish batsman said the Mumbai team needs to assess the pitch conditions better in future to avoid the disappointing performance of Monday.

He said,” We need to understand what went wrong for us. You need to assess the wicket and chose your shots accordingly because the wicket keeps changing here. This was a fast-paced wicket, and so we need to read the wicket. And if we do so, the results will be in our favour.”