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‘Tried to hit every ball out of ground’: Romario Shepherd lays bare ‘clear mindset’ after IPL debut

‘Tried to hit every ball out of ground’: Romario Shepherd lays bare ‘clear mindset’ after IPL debut

Shepherd was the talk of the town on Sunday, hitting 39 runs of 10 ball including 32 runs in the last over.

Mumbai Indians finally broke their losing streak by notching up their first win against Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. MI had a stellar match with the bat, with almost every batter scoring runs. However, the highlight of their innings came in the form of debutant Romario Shepherd. Shepherd scored 39 of 10 balls, including taking 32 runs in the final over. After the match, Tim David, who scored 45 of 21 balls, and Romario Shepherd caught up for a chat.

Keep my eyes on the ball: Shephered

Shepherd revealed that David had given him some advice when he went out to bat.

When I went out there, you told me to keep my energy, keep my eyes on the ball and I did just that. Also, the crowd was amazing,” Shepherd said.

Out of the ground

Shepherd hit a huge six during his innings which went out of the stadium. Talking about the hit, Shepherd said, “Actually I was going for a wide ball but it came straight. So I saw it and I swung very hard. I went to the last over with a clear mindset of trying to hit every ball out of the ground.

Special feeling

MI observed the annual ESA day on their match against Delhi Capitals. As part of the promotion, MI invited over 18,000 children to witness the match. Talking about how special it felt to play in front of the children, Shepherd said, “It feels special what the owners are doing. The children came out and supported us with heart. Good to know that we gave them something to smile about. The win was crucial for us in this stage of the competition.

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David’s plan

Tim David also played a crucial innings of 45 runs. He came in to bat at a time MI were struggling for momentum but did well to pace his innings well. He said, “I felt like we were working very hard to try and get some momentum, Hardik and myself. It was a crucial stage there. Luckily I got a couple off the middle of the bat and once you get some of those, you start feeling a bit better. We picked up the momentum and handed over to the big guy to finish things off.

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