Mumbai Indians were bowled out for 92 against Sunrisers Hyderabad © IANS
Mumbai Indians were bowled out for 92 against Sunrisers Hyderabad © IANS

Star all-rounder Kieron Pollard has urged his Mumbai Indians team-mates to be confident in the final four games of IPL 2016. Languishing in 5th after their humiliating 85-run loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad, MI stand on 10 points from their 10 games. This was the first defeat for MI after they won 3 consecutive games. The manner of defeat would have drained the confidence of the players. Chasing 178, MI never got going, before getting bowled out for a mere 92. None of the batsmen applied themselves to the crease, as they lost wickets in regular intervals. Their misery was proved by the fact Harbhajan Singh was the highest scorer with 21. FULL SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, Match 37 at Visakhapatnam

And Pollard, who has not been at his best in this season’s IPL, has asked his fellow team-mates to forget the loss. “Today was one of the games where you don’t want to actually pin-point anything, you just want to actually forget it,” he said on Sunday (May 8). “We look at the performances, we just want to forget about it, because this is the back-end of the tournament and you needs guys confident. You don’t needs guys with their heads down, you don’t need people playing blame-games at this point in time, you need all hands on deck in order to get you back in the tournament. So for me personally I think it is one of those things you just have to forget.”

Despite being in such a shaky situation, Pollard was confident of a comeback, citing the last season as an example. “Even if we look back at last year as well, we were on a momentum, we had to win all our games and then we were actually demolished by AB de Villiers at Wankhede. That was a game for us to forget as well, we forgot it and came back strong. There’s a lot of experienced guys in that dressing room, the management team are experienced enough to know how to deal with these sorts of losses. As I said before, what we need now are confident guys and guys with their heads up in order to go forward in the back-end of the tournament,” Pollard said.

With four games to go, MI have their next game at Bangalore. And Pollard said he isn’t looking past that game. “We’ll sit down and we’ll look over the performance, look how the wicket behaved, see where we need to improve. But our next game is on a good batting track in Bangalore. So it’s (remaining games in Vizag) not something you look at at this present time, I think in a couple of days time we have another important game in Bangalore and then when we come back for the last couple of games, then we’ll think about what needs to be done,” he said.