Pollard, who is understood for big-hitting, has proven superb type with bat within the final two matches, smashing an unbeaten 60 off 24 balls in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier than producing an unbeaten 47 off 20 balls in opposition to Kings XI Punjab on Thursday (October 1).
The West Indian together with Hardik Pandya clobbered KXIP bowlers within the final three overs for a match-turning partnership of 67 runs from 23 balls and the actual fact that Pollard discovered type since August’s CPL carrying it into the IPL has thrilled Zaheer.
“It is great to have the big man in such form since tournament in Caribbean (CPL) and he is continuing with that form, which is very important and we are always banking on him,” Zaheer mentioned in a flash interview posted on MI twitter deal with.
“Pollard, when he comes to the party early, it’s always a great sign for us,” Zaheer added.
The former India tempo spearhead is glad how the crew has formed up within the 4 video games thus far, profitable two convincingly and shedding two shut encounters, one to RCB in Super Over and different in opposition to Chennai Super Kings within the ultimate over of the match.
“All in all, we are very happy as how things are shaping up for us and we would be continuing with the process going ahead in the tournament. We have been playing good cricket. Our preparations have been fantastic and we have been motivating our troops in that regard,” Zaheer mentioned.
What has impressed him most is how the gamers regardless of their stature have absorbed the stress in varied conditions.
“Everyone has absorbed pressure very well – be it bowling or batting. Rohit (Sharma) and Ishan (Kishan) took their time, conditions were not easy (yesterday),” he mentioned referring to skipper and Jharkhand dasher’s 62-run stand. He additionally praised the in depth homework carried out by MI quick bowling coach Shane Bond, who had laid elaborate plans for the bowlers to execute.
“Shane Bond works very hard so that all the bowlers are updated with the plans, good to have experienced pace battery (Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah) we have.”
Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya and leg spinner Rahul Chahar’s excellent bowling within the center overs additionally obtained particular point out. The duo between them bowled eight overs for under 53 runs taking three wickets – KL Rahul, Karun Nair and Glenn Maxwell.
“It was important for someone like Rahul Chahar and Krunal to get that confidence and time in the middle.”
Zaheer and co will hope Mumbai carry the profitable mometum into their subsequent match in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday (October 4) in Sharjah.
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