IPL 2021 MI vs RR: Needed that win badly - Rohit after Mumbai's seven-wicket win over Rajasthan

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was a satisfied man after his side halted the losing streak and got back to winning ways with a win over Rajasthan Royals.

Sanju Samson and Rohit Sharma exchange pleasantries after Mumbai trounced Rajasthan by seven wickets in Delhi.   -  IPL

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma was satisfied with his team's seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals after it helped snap a two-game losing streak on Thursday. 

"We needed that win badly after a couple of losses. We did everything right today, right from ball one, and [we were] very clinical towards the end as well. Individuals took the responsibilities that were given to them, it was a collective effort. Guys were positive as they got to know we were going to Delhi, because it was a good pitch, not like Chennai. I thought the bowlers did the job for us," Rohit said. 

IPL 2021 MI vs RR Highlights: Mumbai beats Rajasthan by 7 wickets, De Kock shines  

Batting first, Rajasthan posted 171/4. Mumbai chased down the target in 18.3 overs with seven wickets in hand.

"In the last 7 overs, we gave around 50 runs with 7 seven wickets in hand for them. Playing the conditions is very important. We knew that we're going to play on good pitches after Chennai. We didn't adapt well as a team there, but having said that, it looks like from here on the pitch will suit us. There's a lot of discussions that happen around us because there's a way we want to play.

"It's very easy to go down when we know they're 110 in 12 overs. It's very easy to lose confidence. But we stuck to our plans. Very happy with Quinny's knock. We know how good he can be. Not to forget Krunal's innings as well," the Mumbai skipper said.

I feel that’s the least we can do, as far as the financial part (is concerned). We often keep discussing the situation in the country and the world. It’s very important. We feel very privileged to be out there playing this game. We need to go out there and play good cricket to keep them happy or entertained. We keep talking about the purpose of playing cricket these days. We have discussed that in team meetings. The purpose of playing this game is very clear - it is to play some good cricket to bring up the spirit of the nation.

Sanju Samson, RR captain

To be honest, we trust in our doctors. We feel pretty safe in our bubble. It’s been quite easy. We take precautions wherever we go, so I have felt quite safe. Don’t know what other guys are thinking. It’s been easy for me, just to get on with the game, practice and everything, so it’s a bit chilled.

Quinton de Kock, MI opener

Positive cricket

Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson admitted his side left a few runs on the field while batting. 

"We were a few runs short, 20-25 short. We built it up nicely and didn't capitalise. I think they had a very decent bowling line-up. We also have a good bowling line-up. It's just about our batters performing a little more, and I'm sure we'll do it," Samson said.

Defending the total, Rajasthan failed to pick wickets at regular intervals as Quinton de Kock slammed a brilliant unbeaten half-century to take his team home. Samson, however, put the onus on the batting order.

"Till now, our bowlers have done a good job. Our bowlers did well, but it was a good wicket. It's just about scoring more. The process to do that is to back ourselves and play some positive cricket," he said.

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