On Saturday at the Wankhede, Mumbai Indians slipped to their third defeat of the season, their second at home, but skipper Rohit Sharma made it clear that there was zero reason for his side to worry or panic.
Winning the toss and chasing, Mumbai conceded 214 against a Dhawan-less Punjab, but were, at one point in the chase, in pole position to win the contest, with both Suryakumar Yadav and Cameron Green flying high. However, a sensational showing at the death from Arshdeep Singh meant that the five-time champions fell short by 13 runs.
Rohit admitted that it was disappointing to go down at home, but asserted that his side are on the right track, and defeats like this tend to occur in a long tournament like the IPL.
“There is a lot of time left in the tournament. We can't look down and start worrying about things,” Rohit said at the post match presentation.
“We made some errors in the field which can happen, but not gonna look too much into that. Just keep our heads high, we have won three and lost three, pretty even-stevens at the moment.”
The skipper was full of praise for the batting performances of both Suryakumar and Green. While SKY came back to form with a scintillating 26-ball 57, Green made it back-to-back fifties as he struck a valiant 67. Neither batter was able to take Mumbai over the line, but their showings impressed Rohit.
“Quite happy with the way those two guys batted today, and they kept us in the game till the end. Credit to Arshdeep the way he bowled in the last couple of overs,” Rohit said.
Mumbai next take on fourth-placed Gujarat Titans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, April 25.