It will take time to get over this defeat: Kumble

It will take time to get over this defeat: Kumble

Kieron Pollard

“Whether I play for India or for my club, it always hurts to lose,” the Royal Challengers skipper said after his team’s 35-run loss.

“I have still not gotten over the defeat in the 2009 final, it will take time for me to get over this too. Having retired from international cricket, this is the only form of the game I play,” Kumble said.

The ace leggie said the turning point of the game came in the last five overs of the first innings. “We gave them a lot more runs than we should have,” remarked a disappointed Kumble, referring to the 77 runs scored by the Indians in that period.

“My over started it all, and a wicket (Ambati Rayudu) off a no-ball didn’t help. Given the way we bowled in the first 15 overs, 165 would have been the par score,” the former Indian captain said.

“When we chased, we batted well till the ninth over, but the wickets of Rahul and Robin off successive balls didn’t help. I am disappointed that we didn’t chase well. With the experience we have in this line-up, we should have done a better job, but we can take credit for having made the final last year and the semis this time.”

Kumble, who said he would discuss his cricketing future after a chat with the franchisee, said there still was some unfinished business. “The IPL final is obviously the big prize, but if we can win the third-place play-off, we will be in the Champions League. That is the next incentive, and to make the Champions League will be some consolation.”

Zaheer Khan, who took over the captaincy when Tendulkar left the field with a split webbing, said a call on the master’s availability for the final would not be taken for a couple of days.

“We will have to see how he shapes us. We have got three days before the final,” said Zaheer.

“The celebrations were very noisy in the dressing room, I couldn’t talk to Sachin Tendulakr after the game. But Robin (Singh, the coach) said a call will be made after two days,” Zaheer said. 

“All the Mumbai Indians supporters will be praying he recovers in time for the final. A few things are not in our hands, we just have to be patient,”  the left-arm pace bowler said.

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