Mumbai Indians clinched fifth IPL title after beating Delhi capitals by 5 wickets in Dubai on Tuesday. Chasing a stiff total of 157 in 20 overs, MI chased down the target in 18.4 overs.
Kieron Pollard: It’s a great feeling, means a lot. Fifth trophy.. Have been here for 11 years. We have a quiet celebration. He is a different West Indian. He goes at 6am to the gym. The amount of trophies, the amount of talent that’s there, you can say MI is the best T20 team going around. The management, the support staff, the effort they put in to make. Dwayne Bravo you are behind me now (about number of T20 titles), I have to say that on camera (smiles).
Jayant Yadav: Just happy to win the title. Great feeling to be a champion side for two consecutive years. Shows the strength of the franchise. It’s the effort you put in throughout the season. It’s a long tournament and you have to be professional and on your toes. It’s about working constantly throughout the season. It’s part and parcel of playing in this league. There’ll be small-small battles you have to fight. Small matchups.
Rahul Chahar: Feels great. Me not playing isn’t important, winning is. I feel great to have contributed to us coming first. I can bowl quick, bowl slow and I have the variations as well. It takes me half an hour for this hairstyle before the match.
Nathan Coulter-Nile – Felt good as a first time winner. Patto bowled beautifully, so I was happy to sit on the sidelines and wait for a chance, which it came. Felt started doing well towards the end of the tournament.
Quinton de Kock: Missing the family is difficult for everyone. It’s a great feeling. You see what it means to the franchise (Nita Ambani unknowingly interrupts and apologises with a smile knowing an interview was going on). There were questions around if MI can we win back to back titles. Everybody worked extra hard. The support staff and everyone, we couldn’t have done it without them. It’s pretty special.
Ishan Kishan: To be honest I wasn’t looking in good shape before this season. I spoke Krunal and Hardik and worked on my fitness and my off-side play.
Hardik Pandya: I enjoy what I do. For me it was about opportunity. Wasn’t able to bowl this year. It’s just about backing myself. As Krunal said it’s all about preparation and we did really well in that bracket.
Krunal Pandya: It’s the hunger to be at the top always. We never take any game lightly and in every game there was always that 100% effort. Even back in Mumbai we prepared hard, we came one month early, everyone knew their roles and everyone was just going out there and executing what they were doing in the nets. There was never a doubt about Ishan Kishan’s talent. He was ready to listen and ready to improve. All credit goes to him for how he came back in this season, It isn’t easy to bat at four, then open and come back to four. Really really happy about how he has gone about this season.
Jasprit Bumrah – Very happy, we have worked very hard, we started preparing much earlier before other teams, we worked through process, all of which has got us a lot of results. We wanted to break the jinx of winning every alternative years – the goal has been achieved now. It means a great deal, the pandemic has been such a shock, everyone have been stuck at home. We are just grateful to come back and play cricket, something we love. We are just happy we could bring back some smiles to the people back home, give them some entertainment (for people watching at home), it’s been a tough few months. From the first game, I felt my rhythm was upbut the lat piece in the jig-saw puzzle was missing. When I bowled the super over here (against RCB), there was some anxiety going on towards the end, but when I bowled that superover, I felt I could execute against AB and Virat. Since then, my confidence went up, I just wanted to keep things simple and repeat the basics every time.