Mumbai Indians (MI) registered an astounding 6-wicket victory in the first Qualifier over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. The MI spin bowling trio of Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya got their team off to a sensational start by picking up some crucial wickets early on in the first innings. The duo of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu did get in a vital partnership, but in the end, CSK eventually managed to reach just a par first innings total.
While in the second innings, Suryakumar Yadav played a phenomenal inning under pressure to steer Mumbai towards an emphatic victory. With this win, Mumbai Indians are through to the finals of VIVO IPL 2019. This is the fifth time that the Mumbai-based franchise has reached the finals of the IPL.
After the game, MI off-spinner Jayant Yadav addressed the media reporters during the post-match press conference and revealed that both their batting as well as bowling plans have always been condition specific. “Our plans on batting or bowling have always been condition specific. For example in Wankhede, there are different plans for different people. In Chennai, there are different plans for different people. So, it’s about gearing yourself tactically to various situations and trying to execute those plans to the hilt,” quoted Jayant Yadav.
Jayant Yadav explains the reason for his selection
While speaking on his inclusion in the team, Yadav mentioned that as the Chennai wicket offers a lot of turn, thus team management chose to play an extra spinner. He noted that it was a tactical decision which eventually paid off very well.
“I played in Chennai because the track here offers spin. I played as an extra spinner and my match-up was against lefties or bowling in the power play. So, I think that was a tactical decision and came off well in the end,” he added.
Yadav also heaped praises for his skipper Rohit Sharma. He stated that the skipper knows how to rotate the bowlers well in accordance to the conditions. “Rohit has been brilliant, it is one of those occasions where he juggled his bowlers to the situation. I think in the power play, the batsman cannot get used to you because if he understands what you are trying to do in different deliveries, he can really size you up because of the field restrictions,” Yadav inferred.
“As professional cricketers, and especially in an always evolving T20 game, there will be different match-ups in different overs and every over counts. We as professional cricketers need to be up for it,” he concluded.