Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians have been the most dominant team in the cash-rich league in the last few years, but one surprising fact about them is that they have not won their opening match since 2012.
That is 8 years in a row now that the defending champions have gone winless in the opening match and therefore their star batsman Ishan Kishan on Friday said that the team will be looking to put an end to the unwanted statistic.
In a video shared by the Mumbai Indians on Friday, Kishan said that the team is focused on winning the IPL 2021 opener against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.April 9, 2021
“We are focussing this season to win our first match, something we haven’t done,” says Ishan Kishan.
This unwanted run for the Mumbai Indians started in 2013, the year they went on to win their first IPL title.
Playing under Ricky Ponting’s captaincy, MI played RCB in the opener that year as well and went on to lose the match at Wankhede stadium by 2 runs. Interestingly, this was also the match where 19-year-old Jasprit Bumrah had made his IPL debut.
Speaking about a successful run in IPL 2020, Kishan said that the strength for the Rohit Sharma-led team is in the fact that it always plays as a team.
“Last season we had talked about that we need to win the even (numbered) year and we did in a very good manner. We played extraordinary cricket. It wasn’t about individual performances, we played as a team everyone performed. In each and every game there was a new man of the match. That’s the best part of a team to know that all your players are in good form,” Kishan said.
RCB have many good players, says Kishan
He added that the defending champions were aware of the threat that RCB possess and said that they have added players such as Kylie Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell to an already strong team during the IPL 2021 Auctions.
“There are so many good players (in RCB) legendary players in that team and also the new recruits that have come in like Jamieson, Maxwell They are even stronger now,” Kishan said.