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IPL 2018: Opening is not the slot for Rohit Sharma, feels Kiwi legend

[caption id="attachment_65686" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Rohit Sharma critisised by  Shane Bond Rohit Sharma critisised by Shane Bond[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Opening is not the ideal position for Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, feels former Kiwi speedgun Shane Bond, who is now the Bowling coach of Mumbai Indians.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians are on the brink of an early exit from the ongoing IPL, but their Bond is still optimistic. He feels the team has enough arsenal at its disposal to turn things turnaround in its must-win remaining six games.

With just two wins from eight matches, Mumbai Indians currently languish at the second last position in the eight-team league.

The three-time champions, however, have six games remaining and Bond said they still can turnaround the script, just like 2015 when they went on to win their second IPL crown.

Bond defended skipper Rohit Sharma's decision to come down the order instead of opening the innings.

"If you look at the success of the team and the times we have won titles, he (Rohit) has always batted at No. 4. He has batted at No. 4 and won games for us. There is always a debate about where Rohit should bat. But history suggests No. 4 is the best place for Rohit."

Meanwhile, RCB pacer Tim Southee praised Virat Kohli's captaincy and Mohammad Siraj's brilliance with the ball in the penultimate over, which left Mumbai to score 23 runs of the last over.

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