Hard Work is required, just having talent wont help: Jayawardene

Defending champions Mumbai Indians failed to chase a target of 119 after they were bowled out for 87 in 18.5 overs by Hyderabad on Tuesday.

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Apart from Suryakumar Yadav (34) and Krunal Pandya (24), all other batsmen failed to reach double figures. Mumbai coach MahelaJayawardene feels that the young guns should take more responsibility.

“Every year you can’t bat the same way, if people don’t evolve and improve, there is no progress. Young guys like Hardik will learn that and need to work harder, the talent alone will not get you,” Jayawardene said.

“Leading the game and thinking about the game, that’s the part they need to keep learning and specially with good international bowlers coming and doing various things you have to evolve otherwise you won’t be able to be consistent.”

The head coach was especially disappointed with the team’s performance and blamed the batsmen for not taking responsibility during the chase.

“Today I am disappointed. Some of the matches we lost, I thought we played good cricket, they could have gone either way, it is T20 cricket,” he said.

“We just probably played the wicket thinking there is going to be demons out there and we just have to knock it around. We did not take any responsibility, so that part is quite disappointing.

“The dew came in as we expected after 10 overs, so no one took responsibility that is quite sad,” Jayawardene said.

The former Sri Lankan cricketer felt that his players should have taken advantage of their bowling in absence of BhuvneshwarKumar.

“We didn’t play with our heads today. We really didn’t have to take chances against their main bowlers. We had to knock it around and then may be couple of bowlers we could have attacked,” he said.

“They were not there with their full strength, with no Bhuvi, they had their young attack and we could have taken advantage of that, so thinking wise we were very poor.”