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IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma relives journey as Mumbai Indians captain

MS Dhoni during a CSK training session ahead of IPL 2018 IPL 2018: Rohit Sharma relives journey as Mumbai Indians captain
Noah Ferguson | 07 April, 2018, 06:46

The Indians won the IPL previous year and will begin their title defence against the returning Chennai Super Kings on Saturday at the Wankhede Stadium.

Over the years, a lot of talented individuals were seen spending nearly the entire season on the bench whereas a few other teams have felt the need to add a few players to their squad to improve their performances.

Three-time winners and defending champions Mumbai Indians do not want to be tagged as favourites in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, insisted coach Mahela Jayawardene in Mumbai on Thursday.

Format The teams play each other twice, home and away, with the top four teams progressing to the play-offs.

"Investing in younger players is always going to be healthy for global cricket". Their performances in the IPL have created opportunities for them in the worldwide team.

"DRS has always been there in global cricket and it will help eliminate errors that sometimes occur". Endorsing his coach's view, Rohit said, "It's only good for the game and the tournament". It's (international cricket) always healthy. It is a great option for franchises to have mid-season trading. "I don't see any problem", Jayawardene said. It gives the umpires a helping hand.

Rohit Sharma has been appointed the skipper of MI mid-way in 2013 and under his leadership, Mumbai Indians had won three IPL trophies.

To get going in the tournament, Rohit Sharma can target Chennai Super Kings' bowling in the first game.

Mumbai-lad Rohit also highlighted the importance of giving local players the platform to showcase their talent in the cash-rich league citing it as one of his biggest challenges as the captain. "Global players know how to handle it and it will be a good learning experience for the younger players", said Jayawardene about the review system's introduction in the T20 League.

"The mid-season transfer window will give the teams an opportunity to see what they need in the squad and other teams will also be looking at what players they can get", Rohit said.

"A lot of domestic players are in good form". "It's very important, it's a two-month tournament and it is very crucial that we gel as a team and it has to begin much before the IPL starts, and we did that". "All we need to do is focus on basics and get the right combination (going)", he said. In the last five years, he has become a different beast in white-ball cricket, as a batsman, but simultaneously, he has grown into an astute leader as well.

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