Krunal: We’re not thinking about the playoffs

Mumbai Indians allrounder Krunal Pandya says that the team aren’t thinking about making the Indian Premier League playoffs.

After a slow start the Indians have been on a roll recently and a win against the Rajasthan Royals on Sunday will see them rise to third on net run rate.

Pandya said, “We’re not thinking about it (qualifying for the playoffs). That’s because we look at it one match at a time.

“That’s how we have been playing. In the first few games, the result didn’t go in our favour. It’s not that we were playing bad cricket.

“We were playing good cricket, but the crucial moments didn’t go our way. In the latter half of the league stage, we grabbed those opportunities and started winning games.

“We are not thinking where we are on the points table right now. We are just taking it one game at a time. We will see how it goes.”

The Mumbai franchise face a former member of their ranks on Sunday and one who is on a roll of his own with Jos Buttler going to fifty in each of his last four IPL appearances.

Krunal, however, feels that he is due a failure: “Obviously, if you look at the positives, he’s been consistent in the last three to four games. So he’s due for one bad game (laughs).

“That’s how I see it as an opponent. He’s a crucial player for them and he’s batting really well. But we will plan for each batsman and bowler in the opposition.”

When asked if his team thrive under pressure having started slowly in 2017 only to go on to win the title.

Krunal replied: “Yes, you can say that MI is known for that. When you’re pushed to the wall, then you come out with your best.

“When you start playing a tournament, you don’t think you have to lose games in the beginning and then start winning in the latter half.

“You go out thinking you want to win. That said, we have played our best cricket when we are down and out. Hope we continue that because our next three games are do-or-die encounters. As I said, we’ll take it game by game and see how it goes.”