In Indian Premier League(IPL)-2019, Mumbai Indians team lead by Rohit Sharma stood as champions with 1 run victory in a nail-biting match against Chennai Super Kings(CSK). Mumbai Indians win was really extraordinary and scripted a great lesson in the history of world cricket as well as IPL history. It broke the very myth of IPL that one or two standout performances can make the team victorious. This win has some great lessons to learn. Here you go…
The size of the opponent doesn’t matter, your approach matters
Mumbai Indians made a very low total of 149, CSK team having legends like, M.S. Dhoni, this total is no great one. But the motivation and confidence that Mumbai Indians entered the field to defend this low score deserve a standing ovation. The beauty of the approach lied in not defending complete total as a one if they think so definitely the fear factor starts peeps in when opponents start scoring. So, Mumbai Indians divided the target into small units targets and started defending it. That is why their concentration was more on restricting the opponents to not to score much rather than taking wickets, which leads them to relieve from the stress of who is batting. This led them to concentrate on their game as a team, as every input from the every team members matters to achieve small unit targets. This attitude of MI led the opponents to feel relaxed and this little bit relaxation gave a scope to commit mistakes and ultimately losing wickets. (The size of the opponent doesn’t matter, your approach matters. Break the big goal into smaller one and approach one by one )
Once a champion, Always a champion
Most of the leaders expect the experienced players perform every time, but they forget time doesn’t fall in place always, which why when they don’t perform they are viewed with little doubt. But Mumbai Indians didn’t. We all know that Lasith Malinga had some tough season this year, but the leader of the team believed in his greatness that is why though he didn’t pick wickets he let batsmen not exploit his bowling and also he guided the young bowlers. This experience helped the young bowlers to get their line right and restrict the batsmen to score runs, thereby contributing to the victory of the team. This can be put in the best way in the words of Tendulkar, where he said that “he’s always believed once a champion, always a champion and Malinga is a champion despite the season he’s had“. Bad times come and go, But your learning is independent of times and this is what makes you a champion.
Players Win Games; Team Work Wins Titles
Team spirit imbibes the spirit of winning in every member, irrespective of the fact whether the individual is in a good or bad phase. Because of this, every individual as a part tries to contribute to the team, every small contribution from each player when integrated brings great laurels, recognition, and achievements to the team. MI captain Rohit Sharma strong believed that teamwork alone wins titles, not an individual player performance alone. This spirit he imparted in the team and the result of which is known. This was the fundamental difference that made MI stay ahead of other teams as a Champions. One of the Journalist asked Tendulkar, how do you feel about your records and achievements? He simply replied that those are achievements of country and team, without me being in the team what is it I would do?
Every struggle is a chance given by God to learn, irrespective of the fact whether you lose or win.