Mumbai Indians defeated defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in a thriller in Hyderabad on Sunday to become the 1st team to win the Indian Premier League 4 times.
Here’s what each captain had to say:
Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians: “Throughout the tournament, we played good cricket. We spoke at the start; we need to break tournament into two halves. Once we got the momentum, we went with it. We know how frustrating it is. Credit to the entire squad. Somebody came at some point and played a part. I think our bowling was excellent. At different stages of the game, our bowlers put their hand up and brought us back in the game. We understood the conditions well and backed our skills. Malinga after going for so many runs, he came back. That is what champions do. He had confidence to pull this off. I wanted to back who has been in the situation before. I am learning every game, learning every tournament. It is important for these guys to step up and make the captain look good.”
Mahindra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Supper Kings, “We had a good season as a team. But we need to go back and reflect on how we reached the finals. It’s not one of those years where we played really great cricket to reach here. The middle order wasn’t great, and in IPLs it is very funny as to how both these teams are only passing on the trophies from one team to the other. Both teams made a lot of mistakes, they made one lesser mistake. I think the bowlers did really well for us, even today it was definitely more than a 150 wicket. They kept performing and kept getting wickets whenever needed. Whenever they restricted the opposition to a low score, somebody stepped up with the bat, chipped in and that’s how we’ve won most of our games. Hopefully yes (on whether he be there in the next season?)”