Tare was aware of the massive task his team faces now, but sounded positive. "In every challenge lies an opportunity. We are looking to grab this chance. There is still a lot of positivity in our camp," Tare told TOI from Baroda, where Mumbai will play their next match from Thursday.
Worryingly, the 27-year-old himself hasn't been in great form, managing just 199 runs in nine innings so far this season. "For me, the primary concern right now is that the team must win. Having said that, I have set certain standards for myself, which I haven't lived up to so far this season. However, I am confident of finding my touch again," he said. Tare was confident Yadav would still be able to produce his best. "His form has been one of the positives for us, and I hope he keeps playing like that," the skipper said.
Although Yadav had a successful time with the bat (485 runs at an average of 53.88, including two centuries) as a captain, adverse reports about his behaviour, and Mumbai's free fall this season seem to have convinced the youngster to give away the responsibility. "I don't think captaincy affected my batting. I was batting well and as freely as I have done. I was enjoying my game too.
It's just that something or the other was missing," Yadav said.
The 24-year-old termed the whole episode as a 'learning process' for him. "I'm trying to take the positives out of this. People do make mistakes and I'm willing to learn from mine," he said. Yadav felt that the incident has made him more 'determined and responsible.' "It won't stop me from scoring runs and realizing my big dream of playing for India," he stressed. Meanwhile, left-arm spinner Harmeet Singh, who was embroiled in the IPL fixing scandal in 2013 before being cleared by the BCCI, has made a return to the Mumbai side. The selectors have made three changes. Both the left-arm spinners, Iqbal Abdulla and Vishal Dabholkar have been dropped after having failed to create any impact on a turning track in Chennai.
Team: Aditya Tare (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Sufiyan Shaikh, Shardul Thakur, Nikhil Patil, Akhil Herwadkar, Shrideep Mangela, Badre Alam, Tushar Deshpande, Akshay Girap, Harmeet Singh, Balwinder Singh Sandhu.
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