‘We are a perfect team, and that is why we have won’ – Shreyas Iyer | Cricket

Shreyas Iyer raises his bat when he reaches fifty © PTI

Before the end of the tournament on Saturday, Siddhesh Lad had hit only five times in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this face, facing 124 balls and remaining undefeated in the tricycle. Aditya Tare had hit only four times, staying out twice and facing a total of 48 balls.

This is not surprising because the top order of Mumbai was Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane several times and even Rohit Sharma for a couple of matches. Either they finished the games quickly, leaving little work for the lower middle order, or simply hitting. However, against a Delhi inspired by Navdeep Saini in the final, Mumbai found himself 40 for 4 in the eighth inning, aiming for 177 runs suddenly looking a lot more problematic than it had ever been. Tare and Lad were in the position of stage forecasters who have suddenly been involved in the leading role because the protagonists did not show up on the big night.

Responded with an association of 105 races in 23 attempts that eliminated the Delhi challenge. Tara got 71 out of 89, an incredible 58 races from the borders. Lad made 48 out of 68, and seemed more measured than Tare, but just as reassuring for Mumbai.

"Amazing is the only word," said Iyer after the four-field victory. "The consistency that we have shown in the tournament has been brilliant since the first game," the batsmen of the lower order barely had the opportunity to hit, and today, when they had the opportunity, they showed what they are made of. Bowl We are a perfect team, and that is why we won.

"They are hitters who have previously acted in situations of pressure," Iyer added. "We believed in them because we knew they would finish the game," Ajinkya [Rahane] and I talked and said that they would win the game.

The characteristic of the Tare-Lad stand was how they counterattacked, despite having lost important wickets. Iyer said that was the strategy that made the most sense, given the attack fields that Gautam Gambhir had employed.

"We (the superior order) were also doing the same, but we left," Iyer said. "We had to play that way, since they had put an attack field in. If we had gotten stuck, they would have been at the top, you never know, we could have lost five six windows and the match would have been sealed (in Delhi). our team was going to six races per turn, which was a positive signal for us, we knew that they (Tare and Lad) had to play this phase, Delhi did not have a fifth bowler with [Pawan] Negi was also injured. "

Mumbai's bowling attack has been the unannounced champion of his campaign. The hitting had attracted most of the eyeballs, but match after match, the bowlers also advanced. "Our bowling has improved really well," Iyer agreed. "Since the batting has been really strong during the league phase, it was a little worrying for us how our bowling unit would perform, but they met expectations, we had planned how we would face each batter, and I really executed the plans. Well, not only against Delhi but also against other teams, I was not there in some games, Ajinkya was not there, and Dhawal [Kulkarni] was in front and we defended a good total against the Punjab. "We have the momentum. They (the bowlers) have been really focused and motivated since the start of the league phase, and they wanted to do something good for the team. "

While most teams emphasize reducing pressure before big games, insisting on the 'treat-as-another-game' slogan, Mumbai chose to do the opposite.

"We decided yesterday that we will play this game as a final and not just another," said Iyer. "From the beginning, he accompanied me and I gained momentum from that moment, we were a little confused when we saw the wicket and we could not analyze how it would work, the best opportunity was to play first and everything was really good until we got to hit.

"What sets us apart is that we all get together very well, even outside the field, we stay together, we take care of each other, we play a little with jokes and we have fun, this is what the team does. "

Saurabh Somani is an assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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