Rising Pune Supergiant’s Washinton Sundar (R) is excited to play in the IPL 2017 final against Mumbai Indians.(PTI)
Rising Pune Supergiant will face Mumbai Indians in an all-Maharashtra final in the 2017 Indian Premier League season on Sunday. (PREVIEW)
The match in Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad will be the sixth overall meeting between the sides.
While it is a fourth final for Mumbai Indians, it is a first appearance in an IPL final for the Rising Pune Supergiant, and the RPS camp seems very excited to be at this stage.
Hours before the final on Sunday, Rising Pune Supergiant uploaded a video to their social media accounts — Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — of short interviews with three players expressing what playing in the IPL final would mean to them.
Australians Dan Christian and Lockie Ferguson both expressed that it was one of the biggest matches of their career while 17-year-old Tamil Nadu all-rounder Washington Sundar said winning the final could be the most special moment of his life.
“I think an IPL final means a lot of anybody, and for someone who is just 17, it really means a lot more than that. A win here will be one of the most special things in my life. I’m really looking forward to it,” said Sundar.
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Christian said despite the huge prize awaiting the winner, Rising Pune Supergiant players should not get overwhelmed by the occasion.
“It’s going to be a huge game, obviously. It is one of the biggest matches in my career for sure,” Christian said.
“As much as it is a final, we still want to take it like any other game. We don’t want to get too caught up and get too nervous.
“Any final you play is a huge honour and a great achievement. Hopefully we can top off what has been a great season,” he added.
Ferguson is looking forward to the brilliant atmosphere and enthusiastic crowd awaiting the players in the stadium.
“It is the biggest final of my career on an international stage for sure,” Ferguson said.
“The whole event is getting bigger. Every game, the crowd is getting crazier and I’m sure there will be no changes for the final in the same enthusiasm. I’m excited for the challenge and I’m looking forward to seeing how the Supergiant does.”