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‘We didn’t play our best cricket’ – Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma not satisfied despite beating Gujarat

By Daniel S

May 7, 2022

After losing eight consecutive games in the Indian T20 league 2022, Mumbai have now won two consecutive matches. They beat the in-form Gujarat by five runs on Friday, and won an absolute thriller. It is to be noted that the Gujarat-based franchise were dominant for most of the game, but still faltered towards the end.

While chasing 178 to win the game, the Hardik Pandya-led side fell short of their target by five runs. It came down to the last over, and they needed nine runs in the last six balls. The in-form duo of Rahul Tewatia and David Miller were batting. However, they failed to finish the game as the Gujarat-based franchise could only score three runs in the 20th over.

It was Daniel Sams who bowled the last over, and was superb. Thus, Mumbai's skipper Rohit Sharma praised him during the post-match presentation. While drawing light on the game, he spoke about how it's important to back your skills. Notably, Sharma stated that they weren't at their best. Despite winning the game, he felt that they didn't play their best cricket.

"A lot depends on how the game is going, who's bowling well on the day. Luckily I had few resources so I could change-up. They bowled slower balls and it was difficult to hit. We wanted to do the same. We did that pretty well, it was a great effort from the bowling unit. We didn't want to look too far ahead. Even today, we didn't play our best cricket, a lot of credit to the bowlers at the back-end. It's important to back the skills you have.

Sams was under the pump in a couple of games but I know the quality he has. It's important to back those guys. We are trying to maintain the same squad how much ever possible. Daniel Sams was brilliant," said Rohit Sharma during the post-match presentation.

The Mumbai captain had a good outing with the bat as he scored 43 runs on 28 balls. As for the first innings, it was Tim David who was at his absolute best. He scored a 21-44 and thus, won the player of the match award as well. Hence, Sharma appreciated him as well.

"Very satisfying, something we were looking for all this while. Luck has to turn at some stage, we'll take that win with both hands. Credit to everyone. We were 15-20 runs short. The way we started, we got stuck in the middle. They bowled well in that situation. Tim David finished things really well. We knew it would be tough, but we held our nerves and that was good to see," he added.