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IPL 2018: Despite Mumbai Indians' dismal performance, bowling coach Shane Bond remains optimistic

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 May 2018, 18:44 IST
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Mumbai Indians have had a disastrous IPL season so far. They have performed worst only than Delhi Daredevils and stand at the second last position in the points table standing. The defending champions presently stand at the brink of an early oust from the IPL season 11.

But the bowling coach of the franchise, Shane Bond is still optimistic about Mumbai's comeback. With just 2 wins in a total of 8 matches, Mumbai Indians have consistently found a place for themselves in the bottom half of the points table.

Mumbai has won the IPL title thrice, more than any other team in a decade-long history of Indian Premier League. Shane Bond said that we still have 6 matches to play and we can turnaround the script as we did in the IPL 2015.

"We have six games left and we have to win them all. That is what we have to do. I still believe when you look at our squad, we have key players who can win us six games in a row. We have done it in the past (in 2015) and I believe we can do it again," Bond said.

Bond said that the Mumbai players take a lot of pride in their performance and hence lack of motivation is never a concern.

"We gave 15 runs above than what we would have liked. We bowled well for 17 overs. We bowled three terrible overs which cost us probably 60-65 runs. I think 155 or anything under 160 would have been good for us," he said.

Bond also answered questions regarding skipper Rohit Sharma's decision to come down the order instead of opening the innings.

"If you look at the success of the team and the times we have won titles, he (Rohit) has always batted at No. 4. He has batted at No. 4 and won games for us. There is always a debate about where Rohit should bat. But history suggests No. 4 is the best place for Rohit," he said.

 

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First published: 2 May 2018, 18:44 IST
 
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