Anil Kumble tells MI players to keep emotions in check

Sep 15, 2013, 02:02 IST | IANS

Mumbai Indians team mentor has asked his players to keep emotions off the field in the Champions League beginning Tuesday.

The T20 tournament will Sachin Tendulkar’s last in the format. Kumble said he wanted the 2011 champions to send a fitting send-off to Tendulkar by not getting emotional about his swansong.

Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar
Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar during practice

“He (Tendulkar) has been synonymous with Mumbai Indians right from the start of Indian Premier League. I have played a lot of cricket with him. It would be ideal for the boys to give him a fitting send-off,” Kumble told the team’s official website on Saturday. The leg-spinner is preparing the squad here for the competition.

“He has been a great contributor for Mumbai Indians all those years. Although he couldn’t play in the last four-five games in the IPL 2013, but his contribution to the overall cause of the team has always been very important.”

Another reason that could affect the team’s performance is that it would be together for last time before fresh auction is held. “Emotions can’t be brought into a game. It won’t help a players’ performance. Emotions would obviously be there, but they have to be kept in check,” added Kumble.

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