Rohit says IPL 2021; Mumbai Indians’ chances of completing the first-ever hat-trick in the league came to an end as the defending champions failed to qualify for the play-offs. Rohit Sharma shed light on the dream run for the team over the years.
- Mumbai Indians failed to reach the play-offs for the 1st time since 2018
- Rohit said MI can be proud of their 4 titles in the last 6 years
- MI finished with 14 points but slipped out of final 4 due to poor NRR
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said he was a bit disappointed that the five-time champion did not qualify for the 2021 IPL playoffs, but said the franchise was recognized for its achievements at Cashrich over the past 56 years.
The T20 League can hold its head up high. . Mumbai Indians gave it they’re all in their final league game on Friday in Abu Dhabi to seize the outside playoff opportunity. MI, entered the game knowing they had a mountain to climb as they had to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 171 runs.
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Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav sent the Hyderabad Sunrisers on a hunt. For leather when they reached 84 and 82 respectively in a short period of time, while the Mumbai Indians reached 235, their highest total in tournament history.
However, Sunrisers Hyderabad put up a formidable chase. That reached 193 and was only 42 runs short of the total, ending Mumbai’s hopes for a miracle.
With the defeat, the Mumbai Indians‘ title defense ended. They had won the 2019 and 2020 titles and expected a hat trick. But an inconsistent streak in the 2021 IPL cost them a chance to make history.
“We have had on and off-season this time around. We have had a fabulous run as a franchise. It was wonderful to be part of this set-up, we can be very proud of that. We were getting momentum in Delhi and there was a break, that didn’t help the team. It was a collective failure of the group,” Rohit Sharma said.
Fans have always been supportive: Rohit thanks MI family
“Very happy with the win today, we gave everything, I am sure it was entertaining for the fans as well. They have always been supportive, they have always stood by us. Little disappointed we didn’t go through,” he added.
Mumbai Indians have won 4 titles in the last 6 years (2015, 2017, 2019, 2020). But they may have to abandon their jealous core group as IPL 2022 will have 10 teams and a mega auction precedes.
It remains to be seen if MI can continue their dominance in the T20 league as they rebuild their core. Rohit said, however, that he sees the expectations of the Mumbai Indians not as pressure. But as a reflection of the confidence in the quality of the team over the years.
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