NEW DELHI: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Tuesday said that most teams are taking risks in the IPL 2023. Rohit’s comments came after five-time champions Mumbai Indians chased a mammoth 200-run target, set by Royal Challengers Bangalore, in just 16.3 overs.
“We restricted them to less than 200. Was a great effort, It could have been 220 or more. I have no idea what a safe score is. The last four games we have seen excess of 200 has been scored. Most of the teams are taking risks and it is coming off.
“The batters are taking risks and 200 plus scores are being chased. The mindset of the batters is to do something special for the team and it is coming off as well,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
Rohit praised the star performers his team including Uttarakhand pacer Akash Madhwal
MI vs RCB IPL 2023 Highlights: Suryakumar’s blitz fires Mumbai to third spot
“It is a good pitch. If you apply yourselves, you can get runs. Those four guys played well. Akash (Madhwal) was with us last year as well. We saw the skill set. We wanted to give him a role. He is quite confident. He leads his Uttarakhand team. He knows what field he needs.”
RCB skipper Faf du Plessis felt they were 20 runs short.
“I think at least 20, the context of the wickets so far this season, anything under 220 with MI’s batting line-up. They are a strong side, they bat deep. We didn’t capitalise on the last five overs (of our innings), so very disappointed,” he said.
IPL 2023: Suryakumar Yadav blitz helps Mumbai Indians thrash Royal Challengers Bangalore
<p>Suryakumar Yadav hammered 83 off 35 balls as Mumbai Indians thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets on Tuesday to jump from eighth to third in the IPL points table. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>RCB skipper Faf du Plessis (65) and Glenn Maxwell (68) lit up the first innings after put into bat. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>The in-form Du Plessis survived a dropped catch on nought before he hit back and registered his sixth half-century of the season. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>Maxwell greeted Chris Jordan with two sixes in his opening over but the pace bowler pulled things back in his final two and dismissed Dinesh Karthik (30). Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>Jason Behrendorff struck early with two wickets including that of Virat Kohli (1), as he returned figures of 3/36. </p>
<p>At 16/2, Du Plessis and Maxwell combined to punish the Mumbai attack, hitting seven sixes between them in their fourth century partnership of the season. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>Chasing 200 to win, Suryakumar put on a blistering stand of 140 with Nehal Wadhera (52*), as Mumbai romped home with 21 balls to spare at Wankhede Stadium. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>Suryakumar’s blitz laced with six sixes was his IPL best and made RCB’s 199/6 look a small total. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>Opener Ishan Kishan hit a quick-fire 42 but Mumbai slipped to 52/2 when skipper Rohit Sharma fell for seven to extend his batting slump. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
<p>However, Suryakumar and the left-handed Wadhera soon revived the chase and took the attack to the opposition. </p>
<p>Once settled, Suryakumar burst into life to reach his 50 in 26 balls and kept up the charge with a string of sixes and fours. </p>
<p>Suryakumar fell with his team needing eight more to win and Tim David got out for a duck, but Wadhera hit the winning six to bring up his fifty. Photo credit: Raju Shinde</p>
Du Plessis was in awe of Suryakumar Yadav’s 35-ball 83-run knock for MI.
“(SKY) He’s ne of the best, when he gets going he’s really difficult to bowl too. So many options you can’t shut him down. (Siraj) He’s been fantastic, the nature of T20 cricket is bowlers will be under pressure. Tha is the nature of the beast, long batting line-ups and guys are going to come out and play positively,” he said.
(With inputs from PTI)