Mumbai Indians walk into the field as defending champions. Rohit would be eying to defend the trophy, a rare feat which only MS Dhoni has done so far. Rohit is at his peak form, Hardik has displayed an incredible form in the DY Patil trophy before lockdown and Quinny has also shown great form in international matches. Polly is walking in with great confidence after his exploits in CPL. Even Bumrah and Boult were spotted breaking stumps during the training session.
Possible – 11
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan
Chennai Super Kings
If there is a team which can never be written off until its off, then its CSK under Captain MS Dhoni. With a huge load of experienced players, the captain will look to capitalise on it. Though the top order has always been a confusion for a couple of games, their middle-order sets the ship right. Bravo, MSD, Jaddu and Jadhav can change the match on their day.
Possible – 11
Shane Watson, Francois Du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C)(WK), Kedhar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi.
The track gets spin-friendly as the tournament progresses, but will suit pacers in the initial stages. Both the teams have enough arsenal in their squad to perform well. Also, this is the first competitive game post lockdown for almost everyone except a few. The game will be interesting to watch,
But Mumbai Indians start as obvious favourites in the season opener.
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