Duminy: Hardik is an exceptional talent

Mumbai Indians' Jean-Paul Duminy doesn't want pay much attention to his side's exceptional record against Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the away match.

JP Duminy plays a shot during an IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders.   -  AP

History may suggest it’s advantage Mumbai Indians but their batsman Jean-Paul Duminy looked to live in the present as his side prepares to face Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

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“It’s certainly not in our mind. There’s been some great success against KKR but at the end it’s about performance on that day. It will not play any part going into tomorrow’s (Wednesday's) game. It does not represent much. It’s about how you going to approach tomorrow’s game. You got to make sure what’s in front of you.”

The defending champion has revived its campaign with back-to-back wins.

“There’s (only) one way to go and play best cricket with our backs against the wall. You can try duck and dive, and shy away from the pressure. What’s been great about our team that we stood up and recognised that we need to take the responsibility and change the fortunes around.

“The manner we have played our cricket in a few days epitmoised the brand of cricket we play and that’s aggressive one. We take the bull by the horns. We obviously want to try and win every game from here on.”

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“It’s a fresh game, a fresh start. We can’t be living in the past or past success. We want to make sure what challenge lies in front of us. KKR would like to come back fighting. They are also in a position where they would want to win. We want to make sure we are smart, clinical in executing our skills.”

Showering praise on Hardik Pandya who has grabbed 14 wickets from nine matches, he said: “He’s been an exceptional talent. One of those who backs himself in pressure moments. He’s a pressure moment player who stand up and execute to the best of his ability.”