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'When MS said he'd like to bowl first, I was little happy inside'

Last updated on: May 25, 2015 13:32 IST
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Rohit Sharma, captain of Mumbai Indians, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of Chennai Super Kings, during the toss. Photograph: BCCI

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has admitted that he loves to bat first and take the attack to opposition in big matches and that his Chennai Super Kings counterpart MS Dhoni's call for bowling first in the Indian Premier League final, after winning the toss, was a welcome sign. 

"It was a good toss to lose. When MS said he would like to bowl first, I was little happy inside. It's a big game, you want to put runs on the board and put pressure on opposition. That exactly what happened. In big games, you would like to do that that's my preference." 

Sharma, who also has an IPL century against Kolkata Knight Riders, a world record ODI score of 264 and a debut Test hundred at the Eden Gardens, looked in full flow after he came with Mumbai at 1-1 in the first over.

The Mumbai skipper hit a 26-ball 50 while Lendl Simmons slammed a 45-ball 68 as their 119 run partnership from 67 balls set them up for a huge 202-5, the second highest total in an IPL final.

Rohit was named the player of the match for his effort. 

'Dhoni has been a great match winner for Chennai and India'

Rohit Sharma, captain of the Mumbai Indians, and MS Dhoni, captain of the Chennai Super Kings, pose with the trophy. Photograph: BCCI

Sharma said they never went in eyeing a 200-plus total. 

"We just batted normally. It was always important to have partnership with wickets in hand and get the momentum. We wanted to bat normally and at the same time we wanted to be aggressive as well. Our partnership was important as later on Rayudu and Pollard finished off well." 

Things may not be going well for the Chennai captain Dhoni but Sharma backed the Indian World Cup winning captain and said he's a champion.

"There's a certain way he goes about his batting. He has been a great match winner for Chennai and India. The situation was probably not right today as he would have expected more from the openers. 

"You should give credit to our bowlers for the way they restricted them as Chennai didn't get off to a good start and it always becomes difficult when you lose wickets." 

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