MI had also been tagged as the first team to qualify for the playoffs as they have been pretty much dominant over all the teams in this edition of IPL. Especially the reason of such success being their unbeaten streak which kind of shows how much consistent they have been through the tournament so far. At the post match presentation MI skipper Rohit Sharma seemed very much pleased with his side’s progress this year. The table topper skipper showed his satisfaction for his side as all the team mates seem to be cognisant enough of their role in this team. According to him the carrying on momentum was the need of the hour for MI to secure the top spot for playoffs.
“Finishing on top of the table is something we spoke about at the start of the game. This is the end of the league for us and we wanted to play good cricket. That’s exactly what we did, we batted, bowled and fielded well,” he said. Rohit was happy that the non-regulars in his team, stood up and took the opportunity when it mattered the most.
“It was good to see and it goes on to show that we have a great bench strength. The boys have proved their bit whenever they’ve got opportunities. They have been proven match winners and it was a perfect case of playing a perfect game,” he said.
Talking about the match he said: “They were going at 10 an over but we kept picking wickets which kept us in the game. We were not panicking and were just executing our plans. When the batsmen come hard, we have to stay calm and we did just that. Winning always helps and we expect to carry the momentum forward. One half of the tournament is over, we are entering a little part and we need to see who we play in the play-offs.”
Digging into MI’s ten years history, they had already won the Champions League T20 twice (in 2011 and 2013) and the Indian Premier League also twice (2013 and 2015). Mumbai’s first trophy was the Champions League Twenty20 in 2011 which they won beating Royal Challengers Bangalore. Next in 2013, Mumbai won their first IPL title defeating Chennai Super Kings and won the Champions League Twenty20 later the same year.They capped off their title wins with another IPL trophy against Chennai Super Kings back in 2015 and with the latest clobbering performance against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday seem pretty well set to walk the same feat in their imminent matches ahead.
Records of Mumbai Indians over the years:
2008 – 7 matches won out of 14 games
2009 – 6 matches won out of 14 games
2010- 12 matches won out of 20 games
2011- 14 matches won out of 22 games2
012- 10 matches won out of 21 games
2013- 17 matches won out of 24 games
2014 – 8 matches won out of 18 games
2015- 10 matches won out of 16 games
2016- 7 matches won out of 14 games
2017- 9 matches won out of 14 games