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‘Losses made us stronger’

Mumbai: With Mumbai Indians registering back-to-back victories at home after five straight losses in the UAE, all-rounder Corey Anderson feels the defending champions are back on track to qualify for the play-offs.

“Being champions, I guess there was a lot more pressure on us than last year… People expected us to come out and dominate the proceedings. Somehow, it didn’t happen in the first five matches. However, we are back on track at the moment and if we can keep it going like this, we can get to the play-offs… Then we will take it from there,” Anderson said.

The swashbuckling batsman said the five losses in UAE have made the team stronger. “It is all a part of the learning curve. The losses have actually made the team stronger… We got a chance to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses.

“I guess the main thing is not to panic. We have won two now and (teams on) the table are actually not that far apart. Any team is sort of bidding for that third or fourth spot at the moment. It is still a long way to go. There are a lot of smart heads in the changing room. When they tell you not to panic then it makes you pretty humble because they have been there, done that,” he added.

MI has a big support staff that includes Sachin Tendulkar (icon), Anil Kumble (mentor), Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and John Wright (head coach).

Recently former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull had said that Anderson was feeling the pressure due to his big price at the auction.

Reacting to the comment, the youngster said, “I guess everyone does. It is a part of it. As cricketers, we always want to perform well, regardless of what our price is. It is about, I guess, personal pride and trying to do as well as you can, every time you go out there.”

The Christchurch-born player hasn’t fired big in the tournament, notching up just 114 runs in seven games, and is eager to contribute more.

“It is T20. Sometimes things don’t go according your plan. You hit one six and then you get out. Obviously, I would have liked to score more runs than what I have… And I would like to try to win games for Mumbai.”