Mumbai have been in this crunch situation before, where the battle for playoffs was really tight, and where they have defied all odds and went on to lift the trophy too. So it’s a familiar territory for them. Also, their healthy Net Run Rate (+0.384) is the best among the teams in contention for those two spots up for grabs.
The outfit is full of players who can turn the match in their sides’ favour almost single-handedly. Such is their bench strength that even established international stars don’t find a place in the playing XI, but are ready to take up the challenge for their teams. Kiwi pacer Adam Milne, brought in as a replacement for Australia’s injured Pat Cummins, was a late inclusion to the team but by his own admission is ready to win matches for his whenever the opportunity presents itself. A seasoned campaigner, the express pacer has played 19 T20Is for New Zealand, having picked 21 wickets.
“When you come into any team, your goal is to help that team win games. Mumbai Indians have got a great set-up. That’s shown in how well they have done over all the IPL seasons. They are the only team to win three IPLs. So, it shows the caliber of cricketers there. They play here for pride in this competition. So I think the number one goal is trying to do anything I can to help this team win game,” Milne told Mumbai Indians.
A self-proclaimed Shane Bond fan, Milne’s bowling has been influenced a lot by the former. For him, he has a lot to learn from fellow Kiwi and bowling coach at MI, Bond.
“Shane’s had a lot of influence on my bowling. When I started playing domestic cricket, for my first-ever Twenty 20 he was bowling coach of my team back home. So he’s had a lot of influence on me, on how I bowl and my growth and development as a bowler. He has a great cricket mind, coming with plans and always trying to develop that side of your game.”
What also might work in Milne's favour is that he had played in the IPL before, for RCB, and knows how to handle the pressure of the cash-rich league. Come the match against Delhi Daredevils, if given a chance, Milne could come in handy against the opposition and could take them by surprise with his speed.
First Published: May 19, 2018, 12:41 PM IST