Mumbai Indians (MI) took on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 14th match of IPL 2022. The five-time winners were eager for two points and made a valiant attempt to hold on to the ball for 161 runs. For Rohit Sharma and his soldiers, everything was going according to plan. Perhaps they were ahead of the game when Tymal Mills picked up the wicket of Andre Russell with KKR still needing 61 runs in fewer than seven overs to win.
However, what followed was complete mayhem. Pat Cummins, who was playing his first game of the season, stepped out to bat at seven and completely changed the game. He was very certainly seeking retribution for the thrashing he received with the ball, having allowed 49 runs in his four-over spell. However, this striking was unique.
He also faced MI’s top bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who was undoubtedly sent on to remove Venkatesh Iyer, the lone recognised KKR batsman still in the middle. Cummins, on the other hand, had other plans, hitting him for a six and a four to reduce the equation to 35 runs off the last five overs.
And then the unimaginable occurred. Daniel Sams continued to bowl, while Pat Cummins continued to smash the ball out of the ground. The latter scored 35 runs in one over, thus ending the game with four overs remaining. It was some wild hitting, and it was evident that MI captain Rohit Sharma was dissatisfied with the execution of plans.
Rather than that, his dissatisfaction was evident before the post-match award ceremony, when he spoke like a defeated captain and aired his frustrations. He was unable to hear the question from one of the analysts, Danny Morrison, and became upset, requesting an increase in volume. Rohit Sharma was overheard stating, ‘Awaaz badhao yaar uska.’ However, the guy then composed himself to respond to some inquiries about the defeat.
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Rohit Sharma praises Pat Cummins
Rohit Sharma hailed Pat Cummins for his outstanding performance and stated that he had not anticipated such a performance from Australia’s Test skipper. He also bemoaned the bowlers’ failure to bowl according to plan despite controlling the game for most of the innings.
“I never anticipated him coming and playing that way. [He deserves] numerous accolades,” Rohit said about unstoppable Australian. Going on to talk about the pitch and their side’s batting, hesaid, “As the game progressed, the surface became more favourable for batsmen. It was originally stable. In general, it was an excellent pitch. With the bat, we got off to a slow start, but the final 4-5 overs to reach 70+ was an outstanding performance by the batting unit. We did not bowl as planned. We were in control until the 15th over, then Cummins was superb.”
Rohit was quite clearly shell-shocked at how the game was simply lifted out of their hands when he thought it was in the bag. “Whenever you have runs on the board, you always have the upper hand,” Rohit explained. “We had them 5-down; it was only a question of Venky or Pat’s wicket; they had Sunil who could hammer them. This will be difficult to digest, given the outcome of the last few overs. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of us.”