T20 is a Cruel Format, MI Need to Grab Crunch Moments: Sachin Tendulkar

Mumbai Indians team mentor Sachin Tendulkar has called T20 a “cruel” format where small margins are crucial and suggested that the struggling five-time IPL champions go out and win the crunch moments to arrest their slide.

Mumbai Indians have had a disastrous campaign this season. The Rohit Sharma-led side remains wineless, having lost all its seven matches so far.

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“Let’s first understand that in this format there isn’t a team who has not experienced what Mumbai Indians have experienced this season,” Tendulkar told Matthew Hayden during a chat on ‘Star Sports’.

“This format can be cruel. And those crucial moments in a match which don’t go in your favor then literally the margin is like you lose a game by two or three runs or sometimes even the last ball.

“And those smaller margins, we need to go out and conquer those moments, those crunch moments in the match are what we have to win. And they haven’t gone our way,” he said.

The cricket icon said the players especially the youngsters will take some time to settle in.

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“I would like to clarify one more point: in spite of having had a challenging season the boys have gone out and worked as hard as possibly they could during their practice sessions.

“This is a new team, a young team. It may take a little more time to settle down, but these phases are such where you have to ride through these phases, stick together as a team and find the solution.”

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