Ishant Sharma: “Actually I was quite nervous. When you see the ball flying everywhere when Pant was batting, it shows how good a batting track it was.
I was backing myself, I had a good County season, a good Test season as well and was among the wickets. I was only trying to hold my nerve and control the process, because when you try try and control the results, you lose track of the processes.
Everyone is gelling together well and it doesn’t matter what the result is, which is how the team environment should be. Winning the first game against Mumbai Indians is a big boost for us. We have a new side, a good support staff and it was important to start off well.”
Rohit Sharma: “First game is always challenging for most of the teams. We made a lot of mistakes today. We were in the game in the first 10 over while bowling but the way Rishabh batted we have to give it to him.
There are lot of new guys in the squad and understanding takes a bit of time. We had 6 bowling options today. We didn’t play another spinner because I thought pitch will do something for the pacers.
The combination might change in the next match that will depend on the opposition. I think the pitch was good. It was coming onto the bat. Nobody scored a big score. Yuvi batted brilliantly. If someone would have made 70+ in the top four then we would have been close.”
It’s all over! Injured Jasprit Bumrah won’t be coming out to bat. So that’s the end of Mumbai Indians’ run chase as the hosts came 37 runs short of the big target.