Rohit: Team unity wins you championships


Mumbai created history becoming the first team to win the title for the third time.

Emphasizing on the importance of team work he said, "I also feel individual brilliance can win you a few games but what is required to win a championship is team unity, teamwork and intelligence".

"We spoke about it at the start of the tournament".

"The boys showed a lot of character and belief during hard moments, like today. but we have managed to come out on top", the West Indian batsman added.

Pune ended second-bottom of the tournament previous year and had a mixed start this season under the captaincy of Steve Smith, who was working with legendary wicket-keeper MS Dhoni in his ranks.

Krunal said that his idea was to bat till the 20 overs as he shared a 50-run stand for the eighth wicket with Mitchell Johnson (13). There were anxious moments towards the end of the innings with Bumrah walking to bowl the 19th and Johnson being given the onus of the 20th. Today, was the flawless example. Of course they've been put in that situation many a time and they have done it for the team. Both our finals have seen us do that. "We mixed it up nicely", Rohit explained. "Johnson bowled nearly a yorker and Smith sliced it. (Ambati) Rayudu was not expecting the catch but to take it under pressure was brilliant", said Rohit.

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Mitchell Johnson had 11 runs to defend in the final over of the match. In the first half, RPS bowlers, propelled by Jaydev Unadkat (2/19), provided the flawless platform by restricting the bigwigs to a below-par score of 129/8.

Steve Smith's Rising Pune Supergiant eye their maiden Indian Premier League crown as they meet tournament favourites Mumbai Indians in a mouth-watering title clash.

All of a sudden, the Mumbai bowlers seemed to find their line and length and run-scoring became tight.

Bumrah´s two strikes included the big wicket of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10), playing in his seventh IPL final.

The 25-year-old scored 316 runs at a strike rate of 142.98 and took 12 wickets at an economy rate of 7.18 in the Twenty20 competition. While Bumrah picked up two wickets and gave away 26 runs in his four-over quota.

Krunal was adjudged Man of the Match for his innings of steel. "I don't know why people compare the two (situations)", said Sharma at the Mumbai Indians' media conference here today. They´ve always done the job wherever they´ve played.