Mumbai Indians are the most successful side in the history of the Indian Premier League, having bagged as many as five titles, including two in the last two editions. However, they are off on a bumpy path this year and endured a tough loss against Chennai Super Kings after having them on the mat in the powerplay. They still have a great opportunity to qualify, having already secured four wins from eight matches this year.
Rohit Sharma, who was rested for the CSK game due to niggles, is all set to return for the KKR encounter and in a video posted on MI's social media platform, he stated past records hardly mean anything.
"It's important that we turn up and do the job!" Rohit said in a video posted on MI's Twitter handle.
"I honestly don't believe in past records, T20 is a game on that particular day. What happens it's a game of that you have to be best on that day. They are a good opposition (Kolkata Knight Riders) and they play cricket very well as a team, and they will obviously be coming off from some confidence after their last win so it's not going to be a cakewalk for us."
"I know that we had a very handy record against them, but it's important that we turn up really well on that particular day, and do the job. When you are chasing a score like 157 you need to build those small partnerships and make sure you keep yourself in the game as long as possible."
In the CSK encounter, Adam Milne bowled really well to bag two wickets for 21 runs and formed a lethal troika with Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. In the first half in India, Mumbai had played Dhawal Kulkarni ahead of Milne but with the caravan moving to UAE, the defending champions decided to go with a bowler whose USP is high pace.
Commenting on his performance, Rohit said, "Adam Milne, especially is coming from a very good tournament in UK. He is a good bowler, bowls really fast and it's all about, you know, getting that confidence and he got that confidence in the first game. So I just hope that he builds on it. We just have to come back and come back really strong and tick those small boxes, and I think if you look at the potential in this squad. We have got all bases covered," he added.