Ben Cutting: Mumbai Indians keeping a keen eye on every team

The side is ready to take on the challenge of playing four away matches in a row, says the fast bowler.

Ben Cutting addressing a press conference on the eve of Mumbai Indians match against Delhi Capitals.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The contest against Delhi Capitals on Thursday will be Mumbai Indians’ first away contest in 12 days and the first of four on the trot.

Looking ahead to the upcoming contest at the Ferozeshah Kotla here, Ben Cutting, the fast bowler, said, “[We will approach the game] pretty much how we’ve approached every other game we’ve played so far. We’ve played well; up until this point, we’ve had a lot of home games. It’s time to get on the road; four games straight, hopefully we get the ball rolling tomorrow.”

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The side keeps a “close eye” on every team in the IPL, according to Cutting. He stated, “I think the good thing is we’re placed better than every team except Kolkata [Knight Riders] already. So, we’ll certainly keep an eye on what every team is going to bring. Since the first game of this edition of the IPL, we’ve been keeping a close eye on [teams] playing their cricket both home and away. We’ll take that into consideration when we play in our match tomorrow.”

Capitals’ struggles at home – it has lost two matches and won three here – will certainly have been dissected by the observant Mumbai Indians. Commenting on the lack of home advantage for Capitals, Cutting remarked, “It keeps the teams fairly even.”

He added: “We’ll certainly be looking at that but tomorrow’s a whole another game.”

With the World Cup squads having been announced, the players, now without trepidation, may play more freely. But Cutting felt it wouldn’t make much of a difference, “Yes, to an extent. But our boys are going to be in World Cup freely playing anyway. It’s just the way Twenty20 is; if you don’t play freely, probably it doesn’t happen for you.”