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We will have to accept our flaws and work on them: Hardik

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Last updated on: April 23, 2024 12:24 IST
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Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya with Jasprit Bumrah

Mumbai Indians' skipper Hardik Pandya said he would not get into any immediate dissection of the team's fifth loss in eight matches so far, which kept them on the seventh spot in the points table.

"After the game, it's not the right time to go to the players, everyone is a professional, they know their roles. What we can do is learn from this game and the mistakes which we have made, rectify it and make sure that we don't make it," Pandya said.

"Progression is very important. Within the team, individually, we will have to accept our flaws and maybe work on those," said Pandya after MI dropped at least three catches against Rajasthan.

"I don't believe much in chip and chop, I like to back players and the focus would always be to play good cricket, sticking to our plans and making sure that we don't make the basic errors. Cricket is simple, as long as we keep it simple, it's nice, " Pandya added.

Pandya, however, praised the pair of Varma and Wadhera for doing the heavy lifting, particularly after MI were reduced to 20 for three at one stage.

"We put ourselves in trouble early on. The way Tilak and Nehal batted that was fantastic. I don't think when we lost a couple of wickets early, (that) we thought we would even reach 180," he said. 

Young batter Nehal Wadhera remained optimistic about the five-time champions' chances of qualifying for the playoffs.

"MI need to win all their games from here and we need to tighten our socks. We need to raise our game and figure out where we have been going wrong or where we have been going right so that we can rectify our mistakes whenever we return," Wadhera said after the match.

The 23-year-old, who smashed a splendid 24-ball 49, pointed out that MI aren't new to being involved in a mid-table muddle, having risen from the proverbial ashes time and again.

"We have been in such a situation in earlier seasons as well, and we have, you know, upped our game from there and qualified.

"So, we are optimistic even right now. We will continue the process we are following and win the games for the team. We win as a team, and we lose as a team,” Wadhera added.

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