Mumbai: The Wankhede pitch was criticised by Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh in their last match and on Saturday, Rohit Sharma said that his side were preparing for all eventualities as they don't know how the track would play on Sunday in their IPL match against Chennai Super Kings. "We don't know how the wicket will play. The last time we played here the wicket was seaming around and bouncing and we thought that we were playing in Australia on a Perth wicket," Rohit said, referring to the game on April 29 against Deccan Chargers.
The Deccan were shot out for a lowly 100 in 18.4 overs and then Mumbai struggled initially against the fiery pace bowling spell of Dale Steyn before romping home quite comfortably. Mumbai captain Harbhajan said after the match that the pitch was "not a proper Twenty20 wicket". "We don't know how the wicket is going to be on Sunday. We will wait and watch what kind of a wicket we get here. You see the guys are working out; spinners are working out, fast bowlers are sweating it out there. We want everyone to be ready, you never know how the track will behave," Rohit said.
He said though MI had beaten the CSK in the opening encounter of the IPL 5 in the latter's backyard on April 4, the home team will have to be vigilant of their southern rivals whose confidence will be up following their victory on Friday against Deccan Chargers at home. "They did not have a great series so far with ups and downs with their performance as well. But we know that they are a dangerous team and are capable of bouncing back. We can't take them lightly. They have come here after winning on Friday night. Their confidence will be high. We have beaten them and will try and put pressure on them as they are playing away from home," he said.
Rohit singled out in-form Faf de Plessis, the Chennai team's highest scorer with 376 runs from 11 games under his belt, as a key man in the batting line-up. "du Plessis has been batting really well. We have to strategies how to go about their batting line up," he said. Rohit admitted that his team's middle order, of which he is a part of, has not fired as it was expected to before the tournament, but pointed out that most other teams in the tournament were facing the same problem.
"It's true our middle order has not been firing the way we want to but 2020 is a format where you will see a bit of inconsistency because you actually go out and play your shots there. It's the case with most of the teams at the moment. With most of the teams' middle order seems not to be firing," he said. He did not feel that MI's home display this season, three losses out of five played, was a worrisome factor, saying the team was currently third on the table despite not having played to its full potential. "It's not a worry. At the end what matters is how many games you have won. You would like to do well in your own conditions. People have come and supported us a long way, so we want to put up a better show when we come out tomorrow. I also see that so far on the table we stand third.