Theres a long way to go for the Indians
Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar is not reading much into their comprehensive victory over Chennai Super Kings in their opening Indian Premier League match at Newlands here Saturday.
Mumbai Indians, who had a disastrous start last year losing their first four matches, won the inaugural game of IPL-2 by 19 runs.
Tendulkar, who missed a large part of last year’s IPL due to injury, was the fulcrum of Mumbai Indians total of 165. Lasith Malinga (3-15) and Sanath Jayasuriya (2-34) restricted Super Kings to 146 for seven.
Tendulkar was guarded in his assessment of the team’s performance.
“I am glad that we have started well, but I don’t want to take anything for granted. It’s too early in the tournament and it’s same for the other teams also.”
Man of the Match Tendulkar praised Abhishek Nayar for his quickfire 35 off 14 balls that included three sixes in one Andrew Flintoff over.
“There was a bit of dampness in the initial overs and the first 7-8 overs were difficult. But Abhishek Nayar played a brilliant innings. My job was to stay till the end and allow other guys to hit the ball. We were looking around a total of 150-160. I don’t want to take anything for granted but I’m glad we’ve started well.”
Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they will get their act together in the next match.
“We made some mistakes. We have to work on those areas. Even last year we struggled in the bowling department in the early stages but bounced back. Harbhajan did really well when Matthew Hayden and Andrew Flintoff were batting. I think 170-180 will be a par score on these kind of wickets.”