Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene seems confident that his team has learn its mistakes after their three defeats against Rising Pune Supergiant in this season of IPL.
Reflecting on their three defeats to RPS, the MI coach said, “The first game was against RPS and they gave us a wake up call. We realised that we had to play better cricket than that. We got a little bit of momentum, we won some close matches (and we)made sure we kept going.And again, they gave us a wake-up call in the middle of the season.”
“We made sure we regrouped and didn’t slack as a group towards the later part of the tournament. It’s been a good team effort and a lot of boys put their hand up in tough situations and won matches. I think it’s a tough tournament because any team could beat you on the day, home and away conditions are different. But credit to the boys, they have really performed well”, he said.
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Speaking about the defeat to RPS in Qualifier 1, the MI coach said, “They gave us a wake-up call again in the knockout stages. We had to go to Bangalore, regroup again and play a good game of cricket which is good because it keeps everyone on the toes going into the final.”
He added that consistency is the key to progress in any tournament.
Jayawardene said, “You just have to be consistent throughout the tournament. And like Stephen rightly said, the top two teams are in the final.So we have a lot of mutual respect for the way both teams have played. It’s all about guys going out and enjoying themselves and playing a good game of cricket.”
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“For us as coaches, it’s good that whatever we planned from January onwards, how we wanted to have backups, a lot of boys were leaving – England boys and all that – so to plan all that and to get everything right and for us to be in this position is just brilliant. Right now, it’s just about having a good day tomorrow and letting the boys enjoy themselves,” Jayawardene added.