Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed that skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will continue their roles as openers for IPL 2020.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock As Openers For MI
The opening clash of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will take place on September 19 and it involves four-time champions Mumbai Indians taking on three-time winners CSK in Abu Dhabi. It will be the clash between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni, two of the finest captains not just in IPL but in world cricket.
Chris Lynn Arrived UAE
After the arrival of Chris Lynn, there has been a lot of talks about what is going to be MI’s preferred opening combo for this season’s IPL.
“Lynn is a great addition to the squad, but the combination of Rohit and Quinton did a phenomenal job for us last season,” Jayawardene said during a virtual news conference from Abu Dhabi.
“They complement each other well, they’re consistent and both of them are experienced. They’re good leaders as well, so why would you want to fix something that isn’t broken? We will continue to go with that.”
“Lynn as an option gives us flexibility in the squad and that’s what we’ve always done. We try and add more value to the team, give more options so that we can be unpredictable when it comes to tournaments and big matches. Quinton and Rohit as a combination have been brilliant,” he added.
MI vs CSK in IPL So far
Ahead of Saturday’s kick-off, Mumbai Indians hold the edge over Chennai Super Kings, having won three out of their four IPL titles by beating the Chennai Super Kings in 2013, 2015, and 2019.
In their last encounter in 2019, Mumbai Indians won the match by one run in the final in Hyderabad when Lasith Malinga bowled a perfect slower ball to deceive Shardul Thakur.
In the build-up to IPL 2020, Chennai Super Kings have been jolted by the withdrawals of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh while 13 members of their entourage tested positive for the coronavirus.
For Mumbai Indians, apart from missing Lasith Malinga, the rest of the build-up has been smooth.