Mumbai: Blaming the batsmen for surrendering meekly to Kolkata Knight Riders' varied bowling attack in their IPL match, Mumbai Indians coach Robin Singh said that terming the team's batting as "extremely poor" is an understatement on this Wankhede wicket. Chasing a modest 141, the Mumbai outfit lost wickets at regular intervals to be shot out for 108 in 19.1 overs to go down to the KKR by 32 runs on Wednesday night.
"The batting has been extremely poor. That's an understatement on a wicket like this. I think we should have scored the runs. We did not show any intent at the end of first six overs. Obviously then a total of 140 almost becomes like a 16-over game that you are playing," Robin Singh said.
Refusing to blame the wicket for the defeat, Robin said that it was a plumb track on which his batsmen should have comfortably chased down 141-run target. "Wicket was fine, there was nothing wrong with the wicket. It was a flat wicket as far as I am concerned. We did not chase 140 because we did not bat well," he added.
"We have been batting well in the patches and this is a batsmen's game so batters have to come up and put the opposition bowlers under pressure. If you allow the bowlers to come into the game then you are in trouble," Robin insisted.
The West Indies-born former cricketer admitted that his team should have won the match. "I don't think there is any need to change the bowling. The batting has let us down. Nine out of ten times we should be chasing 140 on this wicket, actually 10 out of 10," Robin said.
Robin clarified that Rohit Sharma came down the order because he was unwell. "Rohit was unwell, he was vomiting and we did not really have a choice. Dinesh Kartik has been batting at number four for us, so we just pushed him up," Robin said.
Sunil Narine took 4 for 15 in just 3.1 overs, which included the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar that triggered the collapse but Robin pointed out that Mumbai had done well against the unorthodox offspinner when the two teams had met a few days ago in Kolkata.
"We played him pretty well in Kolkata. It was no different to how we want to play him." Heaping praise on Narine, Robin said: "If you look at his economy rate, he has been extremely accurate, almost like Lasith Malinga for us. He's extremely accurate, doesn't give you much to drive. I have been talking to Kieron Pollard as they play for the same state. He's able to bowl an off break with two or three fingers. It's not like you can just look at the hand and play him. You have to consistently keep looking at him, play him off the wicket as well, he added.