Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2015 final, Kolkata May 25, 2015

'Started from the bottom now we here' - Pollard

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Mumbai Indians won their second IPL title by beating Chennai Super Kings at Eden Gardens, the culmination of a campaign that had begun with four consecutive defeats. Here's what the Mumbai players and coaching staff told iplt20.com after the victory
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Mitchell McClenaghan: That's what triggered the turnaround - we started playing for each other and put our bodies on line for each other © BCCI

"Two IPL titles, a lot of other domestic T20 titles in the bag and the long list of titles go on and on. I thank God for that and I feel like I am a winner. I feel I am blessed. I hope I continue to do well for whichever team I play for and keep racking up titles … Started from the bottom, now we here."
Allrounder Kieron Pollard invoked the rapper Drake after Mumbai finished on top after spending a lot of time at No. 8

"Being a part of an IPL winning team is going to be at the top of my list in my cricketing career for a long time. I guess life will be changing for me after this. This experience with the Mumbai Indians will change the way I look at the game. Hopefully this is just the beginning and I have lots more to look forward to in the future."
Allrounder Hardik Pandya on the experience of his maiden IPL season

"Because I had won this tournament before, I was much more confident this time. One thing that I have learned this season is that you have to be consistent with your plans and not lose patience if you are not doing well as a team. Even when you lose a few games, you should not chop and change things. It makes life difficult for the players and the team on the whole."
The captain Rohit Sharma on how his leadership has evolved this season

"The way Ricky led Australia for so many years was very fascinating to see. He has brought that to MI. He was very clear in one message to the team throughout the tournament. It was, 'We are going to play our best cricket and no one can stop us from doing that. If we do it, nobody can come near us'. A lot of credit should go to Ricky, Sachin paaji, Shane Bond, Jonty Rhodes, Robin Singh and all the support staff members for our success in this competition."Offspinner Harbhajan Singh on the difference the coach Ricky Ponting and the support staff made

"Just being positive. We always had the talent. It was just ensuring that the guys believed in each other and realise that they were playing for the mate next to them and not just themselves. That's what triggered the turnaround - we started playing for each other and put our bodies on line for each other."Fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan on how Mumbai turned it around

"Some of the guys that played for MI for the first time this season did extremely well for us. The likes of J Suchith and Hardik Pandya were very impressive. Also, Vinay Kumar - I know he is an experienced campaigner, but this was his first year for MI. I thought he didn't start out very convincingly but he finished brilliantly. He peaked at the right time."
Sachin Tendulkar on how Mumbai's fresh talent performed this season

"I have loved batting with Parthiv Patel this season and I believe we complement each other really well. When I haven't scored, he has scored and when he has not got going, I have managed to put up a good show. I believe we created a good platform for the side in the tournament and we have done our role well in the Powerplay overs."Opener Lendl Simmons on his partnership with Parthiv Patel

"I think there are a range of guys who have impressed me from this team. I think the two guys who played for us consistently in the back end of the tournament; Hardik Pandya and Jagadeesha Suchith have great attitudes and worked hard. They have got big futures ahead and it was fun working with them."
Bowling coach Shane Bond on the young Mumbai players that impressed him.

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  • Naresh on May 28, 2015, 14:04 GMT

    Rohit Sharma has the potential and has shown that captaincy has brought the best out of him. Time for him to show that even on overseas pitches he can bat.

  • Cricinfouser on May 25, 2015, 14:37 GMT

    Well played mumbai. True players rise when the going gets tough

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2015, 10:08 GMT

    CSK is strong except for Jadeja and Raina who recently hit some rough patch. For the first time, CSK looked vulnerable in batting. Suddenly, MI bowlers bowled really well with tight lines. Most of the times they have beaten the batsman. With such a strong bowling unit, MI can defend targets easily. After long time, I have seen an indian bowler like Pandya bowled at 138 to 140 kmph. (Compared to right arm slow fast bowler like Praveen Kumar!). MI did not even used Suchith. Good tactics by Rohit not to expose a left arm spinner to Raina who plays really well against Left arm spinners. If CSK batted first, they might have broken the shackles and scored easily 180 to 200 to squeeze MI. But today is not their day. After Brendon McCullum left for England, The void is very clearly appearing at the top order.

  • Fair on May 25, 2015, 8:50 GMT

    Time for Dhoni to retire. He has had a wonderful career for India and CSK and is well respected by his opponents and fans. Now time has caught up with him. He is no longer delivering with the bat. Should retire and enjoy the riches that he has earned over the years.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2015, 8:08 GMT

    Golden words are said by Rohit Sharma that you should not change so quickly and keep patience even at loss. Great strategy.

  • Dummy on May 25, 2015, 7:53 GMT

    I think dhoni shows over confidence on player. As we know that Jadeja is not in form since World Cup, he didnt play Irfan Pathan or Baba aparajit who is youngr talent batsman in place of him. He was more reliant on All rounder. I think they should had to play only Bravo as a All rounder. They should have to play proper batsman.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2015, 7:48 GMT

    CSK is on a downhill. Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin were patchy. Faf was better as opener. Raina inexplicably failed in most games. So even then reaching finals of IPL talks about overall class and depth of the team. However Dhoni will need to come out invigorated next time around to win it.

  • Dummy4 on May 25, 2015, 6:46 GMT

    I agree completely with KATCH47. Dhoni has always been this guy with huge ego. He never gives credit to opposition. Always finds lame excuses. He says losing Brendon was a big blow. And, he also says these are part and parcels of game. If so, why he has to remind the commentator that they lost him? The fact is they were overly dependent on BAZZ . They just could not find a way to chase that big score with him. Dhoni also has not contributed with the bat. And what about that decision of Negi batting ahead of FAF. Absolutely ridiculous. He may have won two World Cups. But, he just doesn't know to give credit when it's due.

  • Cricinfouser on May 25, 2015, 6:19 GMT

    Poor comment Katch47. By all means enjoy your team's success, but don't discredit an opposing captain in the process. If you don't know how a fair play award works, it's your fault and not Dhoni's and BTW, a team should earn the award by playing fair, which I believe CSK always does.

    If your team can't do and win the award, it will appear fancy to you. Good day!

  • Sachitra on May 25, 2015, 4:58 GMT

    Poor show Dhoni. Give some respect and credit to the opponent when you get defeated. Its the only way to show the true sportsmanship. Not being at the top of a fancy fair play point table. I dont know what is the basis of fair play point system but it should be modified just so it won't tolerate such egocentric statements

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