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Hitting sixes has been in MI’s DNA - Mahela

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene

Mumbai Indians (MI) Head Coach, Mahela Jayawardene believed that their ability to clear the ropes consistently was the key to the team’s success in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 Cricket Tournament, which concluded in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.

Mumbai, under the guidance of Jayawardene went on to clinch their fifth IPL title as they outclassed Delhi Capitals by five wickets in the 2020 final of the world’s biggest franchise based T20 Cricket Tournament.

“Hitting sixes has been in Mumbai’s DNA for a long time. We have tried to bring in the touch play a little bit to balance it out,” the former Sri Lankan Captain revealed after the final.

In fact, middle order batsman, Ishan Kishan of MI won the award for hitting the most number of sixes this season with a tally of 30 sixes from 13 innings.

Jayawardene also commended the efforts of all his players and the support staff for a magnificent performance, which helped them complete a highly successful season in the end.

“We have a good leadership group out there, and a great support staff who have helped them out. The boys have seen my not-so-soft side but the group has worked off-season, and today is the culmination of all of the hard work.”

“It was a tough tournament. There were lot of superstitions about odd years. I have to congratulate Ricky Ponting and his team, they have had a great season and they were a tough opponent today,” Jayawardene elaborated.

Jayawardene further said that their early preparations also paid dividends as the players realised their different roles that need to be execute during the tournament.

“We had a great preparation, and we tried to manage them well and ensure they didn’t overdo or underdo any of the work,” Jayawardene explained.

“Credit to the management who bought into our ideas and that helped create history today. It’s all about helping the team preparation-wise and explain their roles to them,” he added.