193 on this pitch should have been hunted, says MI skipper Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma believes his side should have chased a 194 goal against Rajasthan Royals on a good track after suffering their second loss in as many games at the start of the Indian Premier League.

MI lost by 23 runs and the absence of injured senior hitter Suryakumar Yadav was noticeable.

However, skipper Rohit said they wouldn’t risk playing him unless he fully recovered from his hand injury.

“I thought they hit well to get to 193. Buttler played outstanding innings, we tried everything to get him out. But I thought 193 on that ground could have been chased, especially when we needed 70 in 7 overs. But these things can happen and its early days. We can learn,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

However, the skipper noted the positives of the game.

“Little,” he said, adding, “Bumrah bowls well. Mills do too. And Tilak played exceptionally. And Ishan’s stick was terrific. I thought one of those two hitters up ‘in the end would have made the difference.’

However, the skipper didn’t commit when asked if Surya is available for the next match.

“He’s a key player for us. Once he’s fit he comes straight in but we want him to recover because finger injuries are tricky.

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