After so many hurdles and cross-overs, finally the judgement day of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is here. Both Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are just one victory away from achieving the glory and making history by becoming the most successful franchise in the history of the IPL. Both the teams have reached this level after playing the league stage games and the playoffs to their strengths, which might be different for these two teams. Mumbai head coach Mahela Jayawardene reckons several players standing up on different occasions has been their strong point.
Looking back at Mumbai’s journey thus far, starting from the openers- Quinton de Kock has been star performer for MI this year, 500 runs with four half-centuries and most importantly, he has been giving power-packed starts on consistent basis. MI skipper Rohit Sharma has stood up on 1 or 2 occasions, while the duo of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan proved their metal in the Qualifier 1.
Hardik Pandya has stolen the show in the whole season and there is not much to mention about his credentials as the world has already enjoyed a whole lot of his entertaining fireworks. In the bowling department, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar have been sensational and consistent as well.
"That's something we spoke about at the beginning of the season as well. It takes pressure off key players as well - otherwise, they are going to a game under pressure. Whereas when you have six-seven guys to win a battle for you out there, it gives you opportunities to win matches," said Mahela Jayawardene ahead of the summit clash.
Different conditions suits different players
Jayawardene further mentioned that it is very important to choose the combination in accordance with the conditions and need of the hour. "That's something we realised you require in such a tournament. And playing home and away as well - different conditions suits different players," he added.
The head coach noted that the opposition teams also finds it difficult when there are several game changers in the line-up. Jayawardene also addressed the fact that they have one last battle left, where they need to perform together as a team at different aspects.
"Another factor is that opposition also finds it difficult to plan or have an idea how we approach different games because different guys are actually performing," Jayawardene inferred.
"We have one more game where we have a team have to perform together at different aspects and control the situation. These guys have been brilliant at that and one more hurdle for us to cross," the MI head coach concluded.