IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians team will face Chennai Super Kings in the first match on 19 September. Rohit said, 'I don't think it will be easy to fill his place. He has been the match-winner for Mumbai.
Last year's champion Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that his team will miss Sri Lankan great fast bowler Lasith Malinga. Malinga is not playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year.
37-year-old Malinga, who took the most wickets in the IPL, decided to withdraw from the tournament due to personal reasons.He has taken 170 wickets. In such a situation, this is a shock for the four-time champion Mumbai Indians.
Mumbai Indians team will face Chennai Super Kings in the first match here on 19 September. Rohit said in the online press conference, 'I don't think it will be easy to fill his place. He has been the match-winner for Mumbai.
I have said this many times, whenever we found ourselves in trouble, Malinga would always pull us out of it. Rohit said that given the past performance, the team will miss him a lot and he cannot be compared to anyone. He said, "Their experience will be lacking, What he has done for Mumbai Indians is incredible. It is unfortunate that he is not part of the team this year. '
Rohit said, 'We have players like James Pattinson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan and we will feed them instead of Malinga. But it is obvious that what Malinga has done for Mumbai cannot be compared.
Talking about his role, Rohit said that he will continue to open the innings. He said, 'I started the innings in the entire tournament last year and I will continue to do so.
Also, I have kept all the options open, whatever the team wants, I am ready to do that. When I play for India, in my way the management always has the message that do not close any doors, keep all options open and I will do the same here. '
The vice-captain of India's white ball team also feels that reading the conditions properly will play a very important role in the results of the team. He said, 'The challenge for us will be to adapt to the conditions here because probably none of us are accustomed as most of the cricketers of our group have not played here. I think you have to plan your game only by understanding the condition of the pitch, whether it is batting or bowling. '
Rohit said that the team's previous 2014 performance in the UAE would not matter in which the team had reached the play-offs but could not make it to the finals. He talked about the behavior of pitches during the Asia Cup, in which it behaved differently in the beginning and end of the tournament.
He is expecting the same this time. Rohit said that not only spinners but fast bowlers will also get a lot of help from pitches in the form of reverse swing.He said, 'There will be some reverse swing also, we have a good line up. Our team is balanced and there is variety in our bowling attack too, so we can make team combinations according to the circumstances. '