The fab four power behind Mumbai Indians and their reactions
There were a lot of interviews after the big finale, where Mumbai Indians (MI) thrashed Chennai Super Kings to clinch their 2nd Indian Premier League (IPL) title. MI's star-studded think tank which included the likes of great Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jonty Rhodes, and Shane Bond were happy and couldn't hold themselves back in the dugout after the last ball was bowled.
They started running towards their players and gave all the big congratulations they could. The moment was to celebrate and they did it in style. Soon, all four veterans were caught by the IPL commentary team for their immediate reaction and this is what they said...
Sachin Tendulkar (Mentor): I wasn't nervous. We were just telling ourselves that it was just another match for us. It was all about going out there and executing our plans. The support staff was doing a good job. As and when my inputs were needed, I shared it with the batters. Overall, it has been a terrific turnaround after a poor start. It was a tough season for us, but we stuck together. Our batting picked up as time went by. They worked hard and got some victories, the time went by and we kept playing better cricket by the day. It's always great to be here.
Jonty Rhodes (Fielding coach): We drop some, we take some. It was good to see some great ground fielding. I have sweated a great deal. I don't pull my hair out when I get stressed. The head coach is the one who takes the stress. I just do my bit with the fielding.
Ricky Ponting (Head coach): It's been extremely satisfying. Coming to the ground today, I thought that it will be special if we win tonight. We have done it today. 6 games in the tournament and it was very stressful. The cricket we have played is first class. We probably played the best game of the tournament today. Rohit was very keen to get out early today. Unfortunately, Parthiv got out early today, he got his opportunity and he showed how good a player he is.
Shane Bond (Bowling coach): Of course, it was not a great start for us. The boys have turned it around, they have been magnificent. The situation was not great at the start, but the character everyone has shown is great.