Mumbai: Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Sachin Tendulkar did not hide his disappointment regarding the Wankhede Stadium strip that offered big turn to the spinners. His team lost to Deccan Chargers on Saturday. (Agencies)
The MI batsmen struggled to negotiate the likes of Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha and Jean-Paul Duminy, all of whom got huge help from the wicket.
"The ball was gripping quite a bit. I think the wicket could have been better. This was not to our liking" a dejected Tendulkar said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Before this, Tendulkar had been critical of the Sawai Man Singh Stadium wicket which was slowish in nature and Mumbai Indians struggled to 94 for eight against Rajasthan Royals in an earlier match in the tournament.
The iconic batsmen admitted that it was really disheartening to let things slip after controlling proceedings for 19 overs during the opposition batting.
"We controlled proceedings for 19 overs. We should have given away less runs in the last over. Also while batting, we played a lot of dot balls. Pollard and Harbhajan brought us back in the match but their bowlers did a good job" the Mumbai Indians skipper,Tendulkar said.
Having lost back-to-back matches, Tendulkar admitted that anything could happen in this format.
"You can find teams which were playing badly suddenly start doing well"he said.
Tendulkar’s teammate Rohit Sharma said, "We did not apply ourselves. The track was dry and slow. It was not the perfect batting track. We played some poor shots.”
The talented batsmen refused to accept that Munaf Patel's last over cost them the match.
"I would not say so. We had bowled brilliantly till the 19th. There were no big overs and it was expected they would try and score in the last over. It can happen in Twenty20" Rohit said.
Mumbai: Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Sachin Tendulkar did not hide his disappointment regarding the Wankhede Stadium strip that offered big turn to the spinners. His team lost to Deccan Chargers on Saturday.