Akash Ambani gave a heartfelt speech for the Mumbai Indians squad after they were eliminated from the ongoing IPL 2021. Notably, Mumbai finished at fifth position, behind fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on net run-rate. The five-time IPL champions failed to qualify for playoffs for the first time in three seasons after winning IPL 2019 and 2020.
Akash Ambani motivated the Mumbai team members and opined that winning two back-to-back titles in two successive seasons is a big achievement. He further commented that he doesn't have too much regret after their poor performances in IPL 2021 because of their spectacular achievements in the past.
In a video posted on social media by MI, Akash Ambani said “We will definitely remember this cycle as the most successful cycle of MI in the history of IPL. Winning back-to-back trophies in four years is no mean feat. We know what it takes to be consistent over the next 30-35 matches. And even this season, I am not going to look back at it with too much regret because we have been a very very successful franchise.”
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Akash also thanked the Mumbai players and the franchise support staff. He added, "Thanks a lot for everything that you all have contributed to MI. It's been an honor to have you all as a group of players and the support team too. It really does feel like a family. No matter what the future holds for each and every one of you, the family aspect of remaining with MI will always remain."
Meanwhile, table-toppers Delhi Capitals will lock horns against 3-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 on Sunday. The winner will make it to the final while the losing team will still have a chance as it will play against the winner of Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 on October 13. RCB and KKR will face each other in the Eliminator on October 11.