Rohit blames poor batting for inconsistency

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Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 12:38 [IST]
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Rohit disappointed with Mumbai batting

Kolkata, May 12: Mumbai Indians middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, blamed poor batting for inconsistency in the fifth edition of IPL ahead of their crucial tie against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on Saturday.

"Obviously, we did not play good as a team. We didn't adapt to the conditions. Wicket was sticky and damp. But being a professional, you have to perform in any given condition," he said.

Rohit feels his team's batting failure has led to their inconsistent run in the tournament as it wholly depends on Ambati Rayudu, Sachin Tendulkar and himself, as they have been the top three run-scorers for Mumbai Indians this season while others have failed miserably.

"Our batting has failed, simply. Our bowlers have been doing a tremendous job. It's just that we did not do well as a batting unit".

Mumbai has been inconsistent throughout the tournament as they started off very well then slipped and finally are back on track but need more consistent performances from the batsmen to ensure a play-off berth.

Though he admits that his team has played quite well to reach the top four, he feels that Mumbai could have done well in the tournament.

"At the moment we are happy the way we are. We could have done much better, as we lost a few close games. At the same time, we won a few close ones. It's part and parcel of the game. We still have four more quite crucial games to decide where we end up in the tournament," he said.

Echoed Rahul Dravid's opinion, Rohit said the team is not looking at the points table
instead are focusing on winning the remaining games.

"It's very important to win every game. We know where we stand. It's important to go there and perform rather than thinking about the table," he said.

"If we play good cricket we will finish up. The focus is to play some good cricket. It's not going to be easy here... We know what kind of wicket we get here so we have to get our acts together," said Rohit.

Talking about Kolkata Knight Riders, Rohit said Gautam Gambhir's XI have been playing good cricket and are termed favourites to win the title as well and urged his team should put up a good fight in order to beat them in their backyard.

"They have been playing some good cricket, especially very good at home; no doubt. We have to be at our best to beat them. We are confident; we have guys who can turn around the match. We are not thinking what they are doing."

On facing KKR's mystery spinner, Sunil Narine he said "I have played a couple of times when the Windies were here. We have got a couple of West Indians in our team. With their help and guidance, we hope we can tackle him."

Facing KKR at home, Mumbai need to work on their basics right, sort out their issues with batting, and put up a good show as this is another crucial tie as Mumbai need to win and stay alive in the race for a play-off berth.


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