Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has said that he is carrying an astonishing nine bats with him in the UAE for the ongoing IPL 2020.
In a video posted from the official Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians, the star batsman emphasized the tough times amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and that he is carrying so many bats as a precautionary measure said:
“During the IPL and T20 format, my bat usually lasts for a month or two. Especially now that we know that the times are tough, we do not know if the courier will reach on time so I have taken around nine bats with me,” he added.
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Rohit further said that the longevity of a bat depends upon the format that he is playing. While usually his bats last for 4-5 months, in the T20 format because of a lot of hitting, a bat only lasts 1-2 months in his case.
“My bat usually lasts long, pretty long. I would say about four to five months. But in the end, everything depends on the format I am playing. When you are playing the T20 format, you need to do a lot of hitting. A lot of innovative shots you need to practice so there are chances that your bat might break.”
The Mumbai Indians talisman, Sharma, was in rampant form in his side’s 49-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders. He scored a brilliant 80 (off 54 balls; 4×3, 6×6) to set the tone for his team’s magnificent total of 195/5. Chasing the target, KKR batsmen folded up for a paltry 146 from their allotted quota of 20 overs. Mumbai thus bounced back from their 5-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener.
Mumbai Indians will now take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, September 28.