07th Feb, 2023

MI Team, MI Cape Town: Forever #OneFamily through ups and downs

By Vineet Anantharaman

It’s okay. It hurts. But it’s okay. It needs to hurt for the wound to heal. And come next year, trust our boys to be back with a vengeance. 

It wasn’t the campaign we were after. The start was terrific though, winning with a bonus point against the Paarl Royals, but sadly, consistency seemed to elude us. As did luck, losing at least five games that could have gone either way in the last few overs. The pieces of the puzzle just didn’t fall into place. 

Our skipper, Rashid Khan, through all this, has been truly inspirational. He was disappointed, but in a chat with the SA20 league at the end of the game, exuded confidence in both the team and the league for next year. 

“Not the way we should have been finishing the competition. I feel we could have played much better cricket and finished off well to give us confidence for next year. But I felt we struggled in the last few games in areas. We have to look into those areas. Next time we are going to come stronger,” he said. 

The one thing that stood out over the last one month is the quality of cricket on display. Every game is almost like an unearthing of someone new. And believe us, this is just the start. 

“This competition is getting better and better. Each and every game,” Rashid said.  

“In the next few years this competition is going to be massive. I absolutely love being here. I loved playing for this beautiful franchise. I loved playing at each and every venue. The support we got is something you love the most. The fans came out in numbers and supported the team. It will go from strength to strength and there will be a lot of talents coming out of this competition.”

Yes. We will be back. Stronger. Braver. Fitter. Smarter. It’s the Blue and Gold spirit of never giving up. It’s a #OneFamily thing of dusting ourselves and bouncing back to life. 

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