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‘Will put up good show vs RCB’

Calcutta: The Mumbai Indians have not had the best of starts in IPL VII. They lost the opening match to Kolkata Knight Riders. However, mentor Anil Kumble sounded positive ahead of the team’s match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“It is just the start of the tournament. We have had a slow start, but this is a long tournament and I am sure we will get into our strides very quickly,” Kumble was quoted as saying in the IPL’s official website. “The boys are geared up and are really looking forward to Saturday’s game. It will be nice to win the match.”

Kumble also said that the team had worked on their mistakes after the defeat. “We need to improve on all three areas and we have spoken about it over the last couple of days. We are a good side, and it is important that we stick to what we can control and we can achieve on the field, and that is where the focus is. We are pretty confident that we will be able to put a good show tomorrow. Hopefully, we will get the right result.”

Aditya Tare and Michael Hussey opened the batting for Mumbai Indians against KKR. Kumble feels the No.4 slot suits Rohit Sharma in the circumstances.

“Rohit batted at No.4 for Mumbai Indians last season when we won,” Kumble said. “I think Rohit understands that at this point of time, he needs to bat at No.4 where he was extremely successful for the team. We are looking at the team dynamics, rather than what an individual prefers.

“There is no fixed batting order in a T20 game. It is all about how you feel on that particular day and you change your order according to the situation of the game.”

Barring Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga, the rest of the MI bowlers looked ineffective in the opener. Pragyan Ojha and Harbhajan Singh were expensive and went wicketless. But Kumble backed the experienced duo to come back strongly on Saturday.

“The two spinners that we have in our squad are two of the best spinners in India. They showed what they are capable of in the last season and picked up 40 wickets between them. It is still early days in the tournament and I am sure things can only get better. Both are experienced enough and have more than 500 Test wickets, so I don’t think it is a worry.”