Pressure on Mumbai Indians, says Dravid

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Updated: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 15:10 [IST]
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New Delhi, May 23: Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid feels Mumbai Indians will under pressure to win when the two teams meet in the Qualifier 2 of IPL 2013 at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on Friday (May 24).

Dravid is not known to play mind games against their opponents. But "The Wall", ahead of the knock out match conceded that in every way MI are the side with big players and hence will feel pressure to succeed.

Pressure on Mumbai Indians, says Dravid

The former India captain also said that with the amount of money MI have spent on their players, anything less than a trophy will be disappointing for them. He called RR as "moneyball" team and underdogs.

"Moneyball" is a book written Michael Lewis which is about the story of Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. This baseball team, despite low budget was able to do better than high-spending teams like New York Yankees.

"Mumbai Indians are a very good side, in some ways the pressure is on them. With so many big players in their side, it won't be good if they fail to win. In many ways we have a moneyball team and will look to get going at Eden Gardens," Dravid said at the post-match presentation in Eliminator on Wednesday night (May 22).

RR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 4 wickets in a last-over finish. Brad Hodge was the hero RR and Dravid praised the veteran Australian.

"Hodge was brilliant today. It's been a pleasure to play with him for the last couple of years. He is one of the good finishers of the game, and if needed, he can bat up the order and score even more, but we need him as a finisher," Dravid said.

With spot-fixing scandal surrounding their players, Dravid said it was not easy to come and win after a difficult week.

"It's not easy to come and win after a difficult week, but I'm happy that we could come back in the line," he said.


Story first published:  Thursday, May 23, 2013, 15:07 [IST]
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