Well, as they say, it has never ended until it has actually ended. Mumbai Indians combated all odds to emerge as the final IPL 2017 Winner by 1 run.
Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma was the happiest person on the ground. Sharma altered his strategies after every ball, in the last 2 overs. At no time in the entire match, there was no clear picture as to who is on the winning side. The opposition team Rising Pune Supergiant required 4 runs from the last ball of the season. The Pune team managed to run for 3 runs and made Mumbai Indians emerge as the grand winners of the IPL 2017.
Sachin Tendulkar who is also mentoring the team took to twitter and captioned the image like this – Sensational match last night! @mumbaiindians showed that it’s never over till its over! #NeverGiveUp 🏆
“Team unity, team work and intelligence. Personally, I believe they are all critical. That’s what we spoke about it at the start of the tournament,” said Rohit after their third IPL title here on Sunday.
“In the three titles we won, we probably had one batsman in the top five in the first two and none in that bracket this time. That’s a little sad but it also shows that different individuals have come and taken the responsibility. That was the difference; guys stepped up and performed. We never relied on one individual to win us the game.”
“Today was the perfect example. The bowling unit came together. We’ve got a few youngsters, inexperienced players and legends in our bowling unit. It was a combination and we gelled nicely. When you are playing on a slow pitch, it’s important to believe that you can defend any target when you are fielding,” Rohit said emphatically.
“That was the talk when we came into the change room after our poor batting display. We played our last game (Qualifier 2) probably against one of the better batting units in the tournament, KKR, and bowled them out for 107. Why can’t we do it here? The guys knew the challenge and rose to the occasion,” the proud captain said.
Pandya Brothers have shone brightly this season. “Hardik and Krunal give us that balance because of the way they bat and bowl. Hardik probably hasn’t bowled much because our five bowlers have delivered consistently,” he said.
“Krunal has become mature now. Last year, he was quite nervous to start with. But now he knows that he is a core member of the squad he just goes out and plays freely. He’s got no pressure. Of course, if you drop a catch, there is a chance of bowling those good overs and take the pressure off and that is exactly what he did,” he concluded.
Mumbai Indians have bagged the IPL trophy for the third time becoming the three-time winners in the ten years of IPL. Team Owner Nita Ambani was elated at the victory. “I couldn’t have asked for more from the team,” she said.