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‘It’s unfair to demand batting friendly wickets’ – MI coach Mahela Jayawardene

Barring one game, all the games in Chennai have been won by teams batting first in IPL 2021

Mahela Jayawardene
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To be fair, Mumbai Indians have not lived up to the expectations as a batting unit. Despite that, the ‘Blue Brigade’ have won their last two games. The bowlers have been outstanding and have helped Mumbai defend scores of 152 and 150 against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

While few franchises seem to be a little disappointed with the Chepauk surface, Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene has said that it is unfair to demand batting-friendly wickets.

“Well I think it’s unfair to say that you need batting wickets in IPL, why is the tournament interesting is because every venue is different which makes it evenly contesting. Yes the wickets are slightly on the slower side but we have still seen scores of 150 or 160 in the last few matches,” said Jayawardene, reported Hindustan Times.

All of the Mumbai Indians games have been last over thrillers. Pointing out the same, Jayawardene said that the surfaces in Chennai have been good competitive wickets. The former Sri Lankan cricketer further added that Mumbai Indians have adapted well to the conditions and thus the results have come their way.

“They are not unplayable wickets they (Chennai) are good competitive wickets. I think we have been consistent in our approach it is challenging but we have adapted pretty well. Sometimes we will make mistakes and that is part of the game”

Barring one game, all the matches in Chennai have been won by the teams batting first. However, Jayawardene is pretty confident that Mumbai Indians will be able to successfully chase the target, irrespective of the venue.

“I am pretty confident that we can chase a target if we are asked to bowl first. We believe in that ability, it’s not just Chennai but in any conditions, it’s the same for us in Wankhede where it is easier to chase the totals down,” said Jayawardene.

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