Robin Singh refuses to blame Mumbai openers

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Published: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 15:48 [IST]
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Robin Singh refuses to blame MI openers

Mumbai, Apr 22: Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh on Saturday, refused to put the blame on openers for Mumbai's batting woes at the top order. The former Indian batsman said all batsmen must take responsibility for the failure.

Tendulkar was injured during the opening match against defending champions Chennai Super Kings on April 4. In Tendulkar's absence, Mumbai Indians have used South Africa's Richard Levi to open the innings while several partners like T Suman, Ambati Rayudu and Davy Javobs have been experimented but failed to make significant contributions.

"It's not just about the openers. We have 20 overs to bat and we have a deep batting line up. As openers we will play shot, that's the format of the game, first six overs we will try to maximise," said Robin Singh on the eve of their match against Kings XI Punjab.

"It will appear a high-risk game to most players. It depends on how we execute and not just about one guy," he added.

The coach also said the players are aware of their performance and know they have to improve their batting."We have not batted as well as we can. We certainly have to step up when it comes to batting. Everyone is very much aware of that. We just couldn't play good cricket, couldn't chase 129 (against Pune Warriors on April 6). We got out for 92 (against Delhi Daredevils)," said Robin.

Mumbai Indians have lost two home games out of five matches totally, both defeats are mainly because of their batting failures.

"There's no excuse. However badly we play, we should not be getting out for those low scores with the sort of batting line-up we have," insisted Robin.


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