DURBAN – Defending champions Mumbai Indians crashed out of the T20 League in embarrassing circumstances after having failed to win even a single match at the group stage. But, West Indian Dwayne Smith, the Mumbai opener has said that he enjoyed every bit of partnering Sachin Tendulkar at the top of the order.
“At MI you open the batting with Sachin Tendulkar. From the time I was young, I’ve always admired him as a batsman and to open the batting with him is a big achievement for me. I feel a lot more confident when I’m batting with him,” he said.
“He keeps chatting to me while batting. Especially if I play a bad shot, he comes up to me and tells me it wasn’t the right shot to play and explains to me how to go about the game,” Smith added.
Smith said that he had a minor technical flaw in his batting which was corrected thanks to the guidance of Sachin and the MI team management. “He (Tendulkar) has been talking to me in the nets as well. I had a little glitch coming from World T20. Sachin and coach Robin Singh have been of great help to me in sorting it out.”
“I don’t have any problems anymore. I just want to move on from it,” Smith said.
Smith added that he had thoroughly enjoyed his stint as an opener.
“From the time I started opening, I’ve enjoyed this role and I still am enjoying it. As an opener you get the better part of the game.”
“It’s challenging as sometimes you have to build the innings, while at times you have to go after the bowling. The first six overs is the opportunity for me to play to my strength and attack the ball. It’s good for me and I like it.”
Talking about the team’s failure to win even a single match, Smith conceded that the team failed to click as a unit. “I just think we didn’t play as a team. The batting and bowling didn’t come together. We know where we went wrong. We will all go back to the drawing board and learn from our mistakes,” he insisted.