Defeat won't upset tempo: Bravo

They will go into the semifinals with a defeat but Dwayne Bravo says tonight's lapse against KKR would not affect Mumbai Indians' tempo and rhythm.

updated: April 20, 2010 09:08 IST
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They will go into the semifinals with a defeat but Dwayne Bravo says tonight's lapse against Kolkata Knight Riders would not affect Mumbai Indians' tempo and rhythm.

Mumbai finished the league engagements with a nine-wicket defeat against Kolkata as they rested five key players in the dead rubber.

Bravo, who led the side in tonight match, said the defeat would hardly have any impact on their semifinal preparations.

"It does not matter. We beat RCB by a big margin before this match. And moreover they all are class players, missing one game will not make any big affect. They are aware of the situation," Bravo said at the post match press conference.

Mumbai Indians will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their semifinal on April 22.

Talking about Sachin Tendulkar's red-hot form, Bravo said their skipper was playing freely since the other Indian youngsters were playing well.

"He is the best in the world. And after two years of IPL, he knows how to adjust. He is enjoying his cricket and one of the reasons he is doing because local Indian players are doing well. You must give credit to them," he said.

Bravo said young Indian players have also made stunning contribution to their success this season.

"As I said Ambati Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan have all played their part. Not only Sachin Tendulkar but other local Indian players have also been instrumental in our success this season," he said.

The Caribbean all-rounder said this IPL stint would be helpful for him in the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup at home.

"Having been around the likes of Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, it's been quite a learning experience for me. They all are quite experienced, I take a lot from it. Ours is a young team. Though I do not try to follow any one but this experience will help in World Cup," Bravo said.

Man-of-the-match Murali Kartik, who took two wickets and stifled the Mumbai innings, said the Indian condition were playing a big role in spinners' good show this season.

"Indian conditions helped us. In South Africa ball used to stop a bit. Players like Kumble, Mishra, Ojha and Harbhajan Singh are all experienced. They have playing T20 for quite a bit of time. Good bowlers adapt fast and learn quickly. It's all about survival of the fittest," he said.

He was happy with his own performance saying, "I missed a few matches because of a groin problem but I have been the most economical bowler despite that."

Kartik though said the team was disappointed for missing the semifinals third successive time.

"From team's point of view, it's very disappointing. It's been three years in a row, we are not doing well despite having some class players a few match winners.

"There are lot of matches that we should have won. Like Kings XI Punjab match in which we scored more than 200 and the first league match against Rajasthan Royals," he said.

But he was not ready to believe that his team had not got any positives out of season-III.

"This is our best season so far. It's a very positive way of looking at this season's performance. Some youngsters were doing well like Mohnish Parmar, Jaidev Unadkat and Ashok Dinda. It's massive positive. We were always a close knit unit," he said.