Puno, April 8: In a moving speech to his Mumbai Indians teammates, captain Rohit Sharma urged them to be hungrier and more proactive in IPL 2022. Mumbai, the five-time IPL champions, have suffered a disastrous start to the tournament, losing all three matches and they are 9th in the points table with a net run rate (NRR) of -1.362.
After Pat Cummins stunned Mumbai with a record 14-ball half-century, Sharma delivered a pep talk to his teammates in a video posted on franchise social media.
“Seriously, we can’t blame the people here. It’s all of us. We win together, we lose together. It’s as simple as that to me. I think it takes a little bit of desperation from each of us.”
“That desperation is very, very, very important when we play, especially in this tournament. Because the oppositions are different, they have different plans all the time. We just have to get ahead of them. We just have to stay on top.” from them. And the only way we can do that is by having that slight hunger and that desperation on the field, with the bat, with the ball.” Sharma then called on his team to do well in a game, because that can help them get the momentum going in their favor.
“So we’re doing some good things. In the three games we’ve played, we’ve done some really good things.”
“It’s just those little moments and that indication, you know an individual has to understand, in that period of time when the game is happening. There will be an indication that ‘this is the end.’ What we do in that ending, those little, little things, that we should try to squeeze that out, and bring it to our side. Get that momentum to our side.” Sharma further urged his team not to panic in crucial game situations. “We don’t need to panic. Honestly, we talk about talent and potential and everything in this room, but until we bring that desperation and hunger to the field, the oppositions aren’t going to give us wins just like that. It certainly took the win away from us. We need to do that.” against the opposition as well. We need to nail those crucial moments and then see what happens after that.” Sharma, 34, encouraged his team to regroup and shoot as a unit ahead of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Pune on Saturday.
“There’s no point in putting your head down right now, because it’s still early days. And I feel like, in these three games that we’ve played, we’ve shown some character. It’s just that collectively, all 11 of us inside, whoever comes in, should join.
“That’s it. Let’s keep our heads up. I don’t think we should look down and start worrying about things. Honestly, we don’t need to worry about things. We can talk about so many things off the field, but I think it’s there, what we want to achieve as a group. Again, this is not the bowling group or the batting group, this is all of us, all of us here. We need to come together, not one or two individuals. Everyone needs to come together. That’s how I feel.”