After Mumbai Indians won the Champions League in October, the team’s head coach John Wright went out of his way to stress what a great contribution Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson made to his team and said it was hard to leave him out in the final against Rajasthan Royals on the slow Delhi track. Wright was over the moon after Johnson emerged as the player of the Ashes. Here’s what he told MiD DAY on Tuesday:
The whole franchise — Mumbai Indians — was delighted by Mitchell Johnson’s Ashes show. He enjoyed his cricket with us. He bowled well in the IPL but the moment he came back in the Champions League, he was even quicker… very quick. It’s always great to see your players being successful. He has lot of fans in Mumbai.
He was a joy to work with. He’s a humble, simple and hard working person. He spends a lot of time in the gym and is very well conditioned. Mitch did a lot of work before the Ashes series and we saw a lot of that work in the CLT20.
He’s got a great work ethic. We just said to him, ‘enjoy yourself, bowl as fast and straight as you can. And he kept it simple’. Obviously, he did the same in the Ashes — short spells — straight and fast and what a series he had!