Mumbai Indians undecided as to who would partner Sachin for opening


Jaipur: Mumbai Indians might have given a sound thrashing to Rajasthan Royals last night in the Indian Premier League but they go into the play-offs in a confused state as they do not know who would be the best player to partner Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the innings.


Talking about the issue, Mumbai Indians skipper Harbhajan Singh said that they are quite unsure of the opening pair and have to zero in on the options they have in hand.


"We are still trying to figure out who is the best partner for Tendulkar. Gibbs has done well in a few innings and Smith played well today. So we have options,” said Harbhajan after the match.


Meanwhile, Dwayne Smith who scored 87 and shared are record 163 runs opening partnership with the batting maestro Tendulkar was in complete awe of the little master and was sounding very delighted to have worked with him.


"It was a great privilege to bat with Tendulkar. Opening the innings is not good for me as I have been doing it for quite some time now. It is good to get some runs, it is crunch time in the tournament now,” said Smith.


Meanwhile Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid felt the score that they put up on board was not bad and they required to some early wickets to create chances in the match.


“162 was not a bad score. We needed early wickets but when batsmen like Smith get going, it is tough,” said Dravid.


Rajasthan might not have been able to make it to the next round but Dravid feels that lot of positives could be taken from the tournament.


“A lot of positives this season and now I am going to spend some time at home, I have enjoyed it here. It has been good fun. I will relax and see how life is out of cricket. I will take a call when I have to,” added Dravid

By Indian Sports News Network