T20 is a cruel format, MI must seize critical moments: Sachin Tendulkar

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Mumbai Indians team mentor Sachin Tendulkar called the T20 a “cruel” format where small margins are crucial and suggested the struggling five-time IPL champions go out and win the critical moments to stop their slide.

Mumbai Indians have had a disastrous campaign this season. The Rohit Sharma-led side remain wineless, having lost all seven matches so far. “Let’s first understand that in this format, there isn’t a team that hasn’t gone through what Mumbai Indians have gone through this season,” Tendulkar told Matthew Hayden during a chat on “Star Sports”.

“This format can be cruel. And those crucial moments in a game that don’t go in your favor, so literally the margin is like you lose a game by two or three runs or sometimes even the last ball. “And those smaller margins, we have to go out and conquer those moments, those critical moments in the game are what we have to win. And they didn’t follow our path,” he said.

The cricketing icon said players, especially youngsters, will take time to settle in. “I would like to clarify one more point: despite a difficult season, the boys went out and worked as hard as possible during their training sessions.

“It’s a new team, a young team. It may take a little longer to settle in, but these phases are such that you have to go through these phases, stick together as a team and find the solution.

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