Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals, final, CLT20, Delhi October 6, 2013

Rohit praises Mumbai's character

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai Indians secured their second trophy in a year as they beat Rajasthan Royals in the final of the Champions League T20. However, a much fancied side, considering the talent on hand, only had one trophy to their credit prior to winning the Indian Premier League this year and captain Rohit Sharma admitted they were feeling the pinch.

"It wasn't easy, there was a lot of pressure when we started the IPL and again when we started the Champions League," he said. "There were a lot of expectations and I think we held our nerve well. We showed a lot of character in the tournament and in the end the results favoured what we wanted."

Mumbai posted a daunting total courtesy a solid start from Dwayne Smith, who has been one of their most dependable players throughout the CLT20, and a blistering finish from Glenn Maxwell, who had come in for this game in place of Mitchell Johnson, and slammed 37 in 14 balls. Royals' chase was looking promising with Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane motoring along, but Harbhajan Singh rewrote the script, just as he had done in Mumbai's successful 2011 Champions League, picking up three wickets in the 17th over to seal Royals' fate.

"It was a really great start by Smithy and then Maxy finished off pretty well and everybody chipped in," Rohit said. "And from their side Samson and Ajju [Rahane] really played very well. It was a nail-biting game and that was what we were expecting in the final. We always love playing Champions League. As the name suggests, every team here is a champion and winning this is like the icing on the cake."

Rahul Dravid, the Royals captain, was also highly impressed with the mettle shown by Samson and Rahane, whose 109-run partnership off only 67 balls gave Royals a chance.

"How good were Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson in that partnership?" he said. "All credit to Mumbai Indians, I think they were the deserving winners tonight. They played better cricket in the crunch situations towards the last five-six overs in both the innings but a terrific effort from the team. Everyone really fought hard and specially Sanju and Ajinkya today were excellent along with PT [Pravin Tambe] in the bowling department.

Taking the field for the last time in limited-overs cricket, Dravid was overwhelmed by the adulation he received, both from the Delhi crowd and from the two sides. "I'd just like to thank the players of both teams today, Mumbai Indians and my team and this fantastic crowd here for the ovation they gave me. It was really touching and I'm really grateful for the way they came out and supported me, stood up and cheered and it was really emotional."

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  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    It is so ironic that a franchise like Mumbai can see the value of D. Smith at the top while West Indies can't see that he is a perfect partner for C. Cayle at the top.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Congratulations to both teams for a fabulous final. And a special thank you to Rahul Dravid a fabulous cricketer and a gentleman on and off the field. You Mr. Dravid are [one of] the true servants of this sport. I will leave it at that. What I learned from this season's IPL and CLT20 is that Rohit Sharma has definitely matured and is ready for the next level. From my observation he has become more responsible and putting value to his wicket. His shot making is above and beyond that of Pujara, and Kohli. He did not show the determination and value to his wicket. Since IPL 20 he has played exceptionally well in Champions Trophy,WI, Zimbabwe and SA. It is time to give him his cap against the WI in the home series.

  • Vinod on October 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    some nice words from rohit. hope he stays on in team india. but more importantly waiting to see him in whites. congrats rohit, keep up the good work.

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    @Stalin.raja : did I mention pollard's behavior with Watson only?? Nope... I mentioned his behaviour as a whole... Even with his team mates... Anyone would notice that he is too much for fair cricket.... And I am not even defending any Ing zaheer, bajji or ishant.... For that fact even bajji was bad, he hardly got wickets due to batsmen's slogging,and he was celebrating like anything.... As.a ardent DRAVID fan I am with fair play.... Be it anybody...I condemn such behavior

  • SEETHARAM on October 7, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    It is really surprising to note that Dwayne Smith is not part of West Indies team. He reminds me of Gordon Greenidge. Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith combination at the top will make life miserable for the bowlers.

  • Stalin on October 7, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    HI viswhwas i didnt say wat pollard did is correct but pollard aggression is little low compare to the In-Decent Watson. wat he did against his own countrymen in semi final is worst behavior. He do the same against all opponents whether playing his country or club. So i ll be personally happy if any one given sent off to watson. current indo aus series bhajji, Zak, Munaf is missing, i love Ishant & Ashwin do the same sent off to watson means i ll be really happy(most of people).

  • Naresh on October 7, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Watching this match one could see how desperate both teams were to get the trophy. Because of this both teams put up their A-game. Rahane has proved that he is ready to play for India.Sanju Samson will continue to be part of A-team. The surprise players were Tambe and Rahul Shukla. Rohit really sparkles in T20 more than any format and reminds me of Kohli's career path. Rohit has to prove to all that he can make it in TEST cricket.

  • Android on October 7, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    apart from the super performance from both teams congratulations to bhajee for making asolid comeback,bhajee has the talent to reverse a teams defeat in the match to winning it! keep it up you are the best.

  • Rajasekhar on October 7, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    It was nice to see Sachin ending on high note for MI, but sad to see the wall (RD) not getting the deserved price !!!!

  • Dummy4 on October 7, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    well you must behave yourself when tendulya is in your team.... but still i feel pollard is not fit to be in any fair team..... i wonder this guy is really from WI??? i mean WI is know for their fair play.... but pollard??? man i dont like him.... he hardly performs in one match..

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