IPL 2021, DC vs MI: After posting only 137 in their first innings, not many would be confident of pulling off an upset and defending such a low total, but not Mumbai Indians. During the innings break, they were confident that the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult will be able to defend the total but Shikhar Dhawan’s gritty 45, Steve Smith’s 33 and Lalit Yadav’s fighting 22 meant Delhi Capitals registered a 6-wicket win at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. However, Mumbai Indians spinner Jayant Yadav said they were happy to take the game to the final over.
“It was a tough wicket. From par score, we were 10-15 runs short. But at the end of the day, there was dew and we showed a lot of character to take track the match till the last over. At half-time, we were very confident that we were going to pull this off and we have done this before. It was just about having a good powerplay and taking wickets in the powerplay and just trying to restrict them. I think we did let the game slip in the middle because of the wet ball. But full credit to our bowling unit to track that total to last over was a very commendable effort from everybody and the fielding as well,” Jayant Yadav said at the post-match press conference.
IPL 2021, DC vs MI: You have to be professional about the role you are required to play: Yadav
As for Jayant Yadav himself, it was his first match of IPL 2021 after he played in the IPL 2020 final, against Delhi Capitals. After scoring a crucial 23 off 22 balls for Mumbai Indians, he returned with a wicket in his four overs for just 25 runs, proving his worth to the team.
“I think IPL is such a tournament where you have to be on your toes. There is a squad of 25 players but at the end of the day, only 11 players come to the field. And you have to buy into whatever the captain and the management require of you. There is a clear-cut communication of the roles each and everybody has to play. As for preparing for today’s match, as I said IPL is a very long tournament and you have to prepare accordingly. You just have to be professional about it,” Jayant Yadav said.
IPL 2021, DC vs MI: It’s up to the umpires to decide whether to change the ball because of dew
While a lot of emphases have been given on the dew factor and changing the ball every two overs to negate the effects of the dew at both Wankhede and MA Chidambaram stadiums, Jayant Yadav said it is up to the umpires to take a call.
“I think it’s not up to us to change the ball. What we can do is tell the umpires that the ball is wet and it’s up to them to decide whether to change the ball or not. At the end of the day, the umpires are the bosses on the field and they have to see if the ball is entirely wet or not. Today, the ball was quite wet. What has happened in the previous matches is that when the ball goes out of the boundary, they change the ball. But today, not a lot of sixes were hit. So, one ball was continuing for a long time. That’s why the ball was getting very, very wet,” the Mumbai Indians spinner said.
As for the tough bubble life, Jayant said that players need to get used to life considering the current situation.
“As professionals, bubble life is something that we have to get used to given the current situation of the pandemic. You just have to be professionals. I think, our management, our franchise, they have made the bubble taking into consideration the players. We have families allowed to give us company and we have many recreational things to keep us occupied. At the end of the day, we are professionals and very thankful to the BCCI that the tournament is going on,” he said.