Continuing my show previewing the forthcoming IPL season, I will be having a look at the way the Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are shaping up.
They will be the defending champions as well as the group with the maximum IPL titles. Last year, the top-order performed nicely and Quinton p Kock was among of top ten run-scorers. Moreover, Jasprit Bumrah was a leading ten wicket-taker.
They have added Chris Lynn for their best order. However, he might not find many games because of his existing form from the CPL. Therefore, Rohit Sharma and p Kock can open the batting to the MI.
The other choices they already have are Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan if Sharma determines to bat down the order.
In that the middle-order, they’ve added Sherfone Rutherford, however as Kieron Pollard is that there he might not get many opportunities to playwith. Pollard is in great shape and led his CPL staff to success.
In addition, they’ve added Saurabh Tiwary. Along with Pollard, they already have Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.
In bowling, they’ve added Nathan Coulter-Nile, who can also bat, and Dhawal Kulkarni and Trent Boult. They have substituted Lasith Malinga that won’t be available this season and added James Pattinson in his location. In additionthey already have Bumrah, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Jayant Yadav and Mitchell McClenaghan.
Therefore, their likely playing XI may be:
Quinton p Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah.
However, the sole issue is that they don’t own a properly-experienced spin bowler. Krunal Pandya’s charms will perform a very critical role this season at the UAE’s turning problems. If the twist section is cared for, the MI have a good prospect of qualifying for the playoffs.
Chennai Super Kings
They were the runners-up last year as they dropped the final from the Mumbai Indians by only one run. Their captain MS DHoni headed in the front and has been the leading run-scorer. However, that their bowlers performed better and Imran Tahir was that the purple cap holder.
Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh were another bowlers who were at the listing of top ten wicket-takers.
In batting on top, they’ve Murali Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu. As Suresh Raina is unavailable and Gaikwad is afflicted by COVID-19, Vijay can find an opportunity to play. CSK will overlook a lefty batsman.
In that the middle-order, they’ve MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo. This year they’ve added Sam Curran. There are chances with Jadeja batting somewhat higher up the sequence this year, as he could be the sole left-handed batsman from the playing XI initially.
In the bowling, they’ve added Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood and R Sai Kishore. They already have Tahir, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Lungisani Ngidi and Deepak Chahar. Therefore, they’ve a great deal of bowling choices.
Harbhajan Singh was a part of the group, but is currently unavailable for this year’s IPL and will probably be heard doing comment in Hindi.
Therefore, the likely playing XI may be:
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf Du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (C) (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir.
The only thing they’ll need to stop is accidents. As the playing XI is practically the exact same as the previous season, we could expect this group to qualify for the game again.