Mumbai Indians (MI) are enduring a dismal IPL 2022 campaign. After losing their first eight games, they are already out of the playoffs race.
However, MI have managed to win their last two matches against top teams like Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans.
The Rohit Sharma-led side is due to take on KKR in their next clash on Monday (May 9) and ahead of the game, pacer Daniel Sams said the five-time champions want to finish the season on a “bit of a roll.”
“Obviously we’re not going to be able to make the playoffs, but how we set up the rest of the tournament for us is, we’ve got a little ‘mini IPL’,” Sams said on the eve of their game against Kolkata Knight Riders.
“So the last six games — we’ve played two of them already — we’re just kind of judging ourselves on that. Yes, this year we can’t make the playoffs but we can still build on a lot of things for the coming season.
“Motivation for the guys is we want to win the rest of our games. That’s actually what’s motivating us. We want to finish this IPL on a bit of a roll. We see our team as a really good team, and we want to prove that over the next coming days,” he added.
Daniel Sams has played a key role in both the victories for MI. He won the game against RR with a six and then successfully defended nine runs versus GT.
When Mumbai faced KKR earlier in the season, Sams was taken to the cleaners by compatriot Pat Cummins, smashing him 35 runs in an over.
The pace-bowling all-rounder admitted that he wasn’t bowling to his strengths but worked on it after a conversation with the support staff.
“That’s where it came about that I wasn’t quite bowling to my strengths. I was bowling my slower balls but I was bowling up rather than into the pitch.
“Through the conversations with, there was MJ (Mahela Jayawardene), Bondy (Shane Bond), Jasprit (Bunmrah) and a few others, I was able to realise why those things were happening and then rectify them in training. Work on a couple of things and then be able to stay calm,” he concluded.
(With PTI inputs)