Our IPL 2020 season didn't start in August: Rohit Sharma in dressing room speech after Mumbai Indians triumph
Rohit Sharma addressed his teammates in the customary dressing room speech after Mumbai Indians lifted the IPL 2020 trophy on Tuesday, saying their season had begun well before August and their hard work on and off the field paid off in the UAE.
Watched on by his teammates and wife Ritika Sajdeh, Rohit Sharma spoke about the highlights of Mumbai Indians season, pointing out the discipline they had showcased in the UAE as IPL 2020 was played in bio-secure conditions with players and support staff limiting their interaction with the outside world.
Rohit Sharma made sure he mentioned the players who did not get opportunities and warmed the benches, saying they played a key role in keeping the energy of the team going.
Mumbai Indians won their 5th IPL title after beating Delhi Capitals in a one-sided final on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma's men became only the 2nd team to defend the title after Chennai Super Kings in 2011.
"Firstly, big congratulations to all of us. It was a great season for us, our season did not start in August, we started preparing way before. I remember it was during some tough times in June, we started preparing and it was never going to be easy," Rohit Sharma said in a video clip shared by the franchise on social media.
"Once we came here, it was a new environment for us, not going outside the hotel but we were disciplined as a team and we were disciplined on the field as well that is why we stand with the IPL trophy.
"Guys who haven't gotten to play at all in this tournament, I would like to thank them for their constant energy, they were quite positive and we never felt like that they were disappointed to not be in the playing XI."
Rohit Sharma also thanked the team doctors and physios, saying it was their efforts that helped him overcome the hamstring injury and make an earlier-than-expected recovery. Rohit was left out from India's squads for Australia tour after he picked up the injury in October and was in danger of missing out the remainder of the season.
However, Rohit came back to lead Mumbai Indians in the final league match against Sunrisers Hyderabad and led the team to glory in the final with a match-winning knock of 68.
Rohit Sharma did not travel to Australia with the rest of the India team, which flew out of the UAE on Wednesday. The Mumbai Indians skipper has been rested from the ODI and T20I series but he will join the India squad in Australia for the 4-Test series, starting December 17.