Mumbai Indians latest news : Parthiv Patel on why Rohit Sharma won’t open for Mumbai Indians

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Mumbai Indians latest news : Mumbai Indians opener Parthiv Patel has stated that there is a specific reason behind captain Rohit Sharma’s decision to not opening the innings in the Vivo IPL 2017 matches.

“The year before (2015) when we won the championship, with myself and Lendl (Simmons) opening we were successful. With Rohit coming down, it gives stability to the batting order and gives us freedom to play shots in the first six overs. In the first two games we gave good starts, but lost wickets at the wrong time,” Parthiv Patel was quoted as saying in a PTI report. Mumbai Indians take on defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.

Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler had opened the innings for Mumbai Indians in the first two Vivo IPL 2017 matches, with Rohit Sharma coming in to bat at number four.

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“My game does not change. I have batted the same way since IPL started. It’s important to stick to your ability and not worry about batting order. I will be successful only if I play my game,” he added.

“This is a tournament in which lots of runs have been scored in the last few overs. We were always confident, especially with the way Hardik (Pandya) was batting in the nets or even in the last game. We knew if we can take it deep we can always chase anything on this ground. Obviously dew was a very big factor, I think. But it was good to get a win early in the season.”

Parthiv Patel also praised Nitish Rana’s innings in the previous match against KKR. “He batted very well in last season’s last game as well. He showed how well he can bat and accelerate. He’s definitely a quality player and showed in both the games. He definitely has both sides of the game. He knocked about the first few balls and then played big shots. He can play both ways,” Parthiv Patel added.


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