Dubai: Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to an unprecedented five Indian Premier League (IPL) titles after beating Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. With this win, Mumbai broke their odd-number jinx and became the first team to win consecutive IPL trophies since CSK in 2010 and 2011. En-route, Rohit also became the first captain to score two-fifties in IPL final’s history.
Rohit’s Midas touch worked from the start when he made the ‘tactical’ move of including off-spinner Jayant Yadav in the playing XI to tackle Delhi’s long list of left-handed batsmen. Yadav replaced leg-spinner Rahul Chahar and the decision reaped the ideal reward as the off-spinner got the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan in the Powerplay.
Chasing 157 to win, Rohit led from the front with a charismatic 68 off 51 balls as Mumbai reached the target in 18.4 overs with five wickets in hand.