Hardik wants to prove a point with bat and ball: Rohit

Hardik Pandya, whose late cameo of 37 not out guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, wanted to prove himself a point with the bat and ball, his captain Rohit Sharma said.

"His (Hardik's) hitting has been helping the team and him as well to move forward. This is something he wanted to do because he didn't have a lot of time before coming to the IPL," Rohit said after the match.

"So he wanted to prove a point with bat and ball, to himself than anyone else. The way he is hitting it gives us confidence as a team that there is someone who can hit that well at the end and win crucial games."

Talking about veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga who took four wickets to restrict RCB to 171 for 7, Rohit said: "Lasith's performance matters a lot to us. We missed him for a few games. His form is very critical for Mumbai. Trust me, with all that he has done over the years, bowling at the death at the Wankhede is very difficult.

"Credit goes to the bowlers in general for restricting a good RCB batting line-up to 170 odd."

On the Wankhede track, Rohit said, "To be honest, I still haven't figured out the pitch here this season. Normally it's safe to chase here, but today no one expected it to play this way.

"If the pitch plays like that I don't want to chase," he said with a smile.