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'You can't blame the conditions' - Wright

Mumbai Indians coach John Wright on his team's loss in the opening match of the Champions League T20 against Rajasthan Royals

September 22, 2013

Posted by   on (September 22, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

My cricketing knowledge is limited compared to you, Kumble & Sachin, but my view - it was bad tactics that lost the game for MI. With Rohit saying he would have batted anyway. How would it have mattered if Rohit had won the toss ? I am wondering - why do MI have absolutely no left-handed batsmen in the squad who would require the bowlers to change their line. One of the existing reserves should have made way for Blizzard / Franklin to give you a Left-hander option. You have a couple of guys who will not play but have occupied a slot, no value add. Johnson is reasonably competent as a Left-handed batsman. Why was he not promoted to test whether the RR bowlers could change their lines to take care of Left Handed Johnson & Right Handed Rohit ? Maybe the bowlers would have adjusted, but you never challenged them to. My view - MI have lost for want of trying hard enough.

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