Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

Winning the title is more important, says Rohit Sharma

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Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has revealed what is their priority this season.

Mumbai started their IPL 2021 campaign with a defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) but for Rohit Sharma winning the tournament is more important instead of winning the first game.

However, Harshal Patel had claimed five wickets (three in the final over) to restrict Mumbai Indians to 159 runs in the allotted 20 overs before AB de Villiers’ blistering knock helped RCB defeat Mumbai Indians by two wickets at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday.

“Winning the championship is important, I guess, not the first game. Great fight, we didn’t let it go easily. Although the score wasn’t something we were happy with. We were 20 short,” Rohit Sharma told hosts’ broadcasters Star Sports after the match.

“We made some mistakes” – Rohit Sharma on their first IPL 2021 game

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

“We made some mistakes, those are bound to happen. We need to move on. [Jansen] is definitely a talent we’ve identified. When you look at the situation with four overs left they had AB and Christian, that’s why we went with Bumrah and Boult to try and get them out,” he further added.

Meanwhile, both teams struggled to score in the middle overs and the Mumbai Indians captain feels that the wicket wasn’t easy to bat on.

“Definitely not an easy pitch to bat on, odd ball was gripping. That’s something we could think of in our next few games here. De Villiers batted really well and got them home. We haven’t had much time together as a group and it was totally opposite in Dubai, where we began preparations a month before. But that’s how the IPL has been played over the years, you just got to get in the game as quickly as possible,” he expressed.

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“It can be difficult for teams that have great home records, but that is what sport is, you’ve got to go away and win. We are fortunate that we’re even on the park,” Rohit Sharma concluded.

Mumbai Indians will next take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday.

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