Mumbai Indians are back to winning ways with two successive victories at home after five straight losses in the UAE and all-rounder Corey Anderson feels the defending Indian Premier League champions have soaked up the early pressure and are on track again.
Corey Anderson. Pic/Shadab Khan
"I guess there was a lot of pressure being champions and coming out to play and dominate again. We are on track at the moment and if we can keep it going and get to the play-offs and then take it from there, then we will be doing well," Anderson told reporters at the 'Kingfisher Premium Bowl-out' event here yesterday.
"I guess the main thing is you don't panic. We have won two now and the teams on the table are actually not that far apart. Anyone is sort of biding for that third or fourth spot at the moment.
"It is still a long way to go. There are a lot of smart heads in the changing room. When they tell you not to panic then it makes you pretty humble because they have been there, done that," he added.
Big support staff
MI has a big support staff that includes Sachin Tendulkar (icon), Anil Kumble (mentor), Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and John Wright (head coach).
The New Zealand cricketer feels the pitches at the team's home fortress — Wankhede Stadium — are similar to those in his country and the five losses in UAE have made the team stronger.
"To be fair, the Mumbai pitch is pretty similar to a New Zealand wicket. It is all part of it. Learning and going through losses makes the team stronger as well and you have got to evaluate where you are," the 23-year old said.