New Delhi, Apr 27: Despite suffering a huge loss in the first leg against Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians coach Shaun Pollock backed his batsmen to perform well against a strong Daredevils side when they clash on Friday in New Delhi.
In their previous encounter against Sehwag and Co, Mumbai Indians slumped to 92 runs, their lowest total in the IPL. Harbhajan and Co eventually lost by seven wickets. But the batsmen are now inspired after the return of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar after missing several games due to a finger injury.
"The batsmen are motivated to do well here. After all the way we played at home against Daredevils, they have a reason to do well here," Pollock told reporters on the eve of the Mumbai Indians and Daredevils match at the Ferozeshah Kotla.
Pollock also backed misfiring captain Harbhajan Singh who has claimed only one wicket so far, "Harbhajan sets very high standards for himself and his performance hasn't been that bad. Obviously, he hasn't got a lot wickets but that is not something we are worried about," the former South African said.
"It depends on what situation you are bowling and to whom you are bowling. There are times when he is coming to bowl with two set batsmen at the crease. It is difficult to throw the ball up in these situations as to when you are bowling to a new batsman. But there is no doubt about the fact that he has played a lot of cricket here and knows the conditions very well."
Mumbai pacer Lasith Malinga joined the squad after suffering a sore back, Malinga also practised at the Ferozshah Kotla, "I am still not 100% but getting there. It's still about 50-50," Malinga said before practice.
Pollock said the Sri Lankan pacer isn't sure of making a quick comeback, "Lasith knows his body best. He will understand how he feels after bowling today. He will take a call on his availability (for tomorrow's match)," he said.
Pollock also spoke on Indian government's decision to nominate Sachin Tendulkar as a Rajya Sabha member.
"I don't know anything about parliament. For me MP means 'My Player'," he said.