|Mahendra Singh Dhoni (from left), Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina
after a practice session, in Ranchi, on Thursday. (PTI)
Jaipur: With Sachin Tendulkar set to appear in his final Champions League T20, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma on Thursday said the team will look to put their best foot forward in their quest to win the tournament for the veteran’s batsman.
“We know perhaps this is Sachin’s last Twenty20 tournament and we want to play good cricket for him,” Rohit said while talking to reporters ahead of Mumbai Indians’ campaign opener against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday.
Mumbai Indians coach John Wright was also all praise for Sachin, saying he had always kept things simple and youngsters must learn from him. “I had seen him first as 16-year-old when India played New Zealand in a Test match and later when I became India’s coach in 2000,” said Wright.
“I have seen him closely for years. I feel he has never changed his approach towards the game and this is one of the reasons for his huge success. The youngsters can learn from him. It is good to see that he has the same approach even now. He has kept things simple. He looks keen and fresh,” he added.
Refusing to be dragged into the controversy regarding Sachin’s 200th Test and his retirement, Rohit said, “I wish he does well in the CLT20 and I don’t know what happens in future.”
Mumbai Indians had bagged their maiden IPL title this season, but Rohit insisted that they would be starting from zero in the CLT20.
“It was a big challenge to lead a huge franchise and guide it to the title. We were struggling for past five years despite having the balance and potential. We played good cricket and to our potential, so we were successful.
“I enjoyed captaining a side full of big players and it was a big honour for me personally. But all that was a thing of past and now we have to face a new challenge,” the Mumbai captain said.