Brian Lara, former West Indian captain, believes that it will be extremely important for the Mumbai Indians to pick the wicket of Virat Kohli early in his innings as according to him, if they don’t, then it will put a huge amount of pressure on their premium fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah.
Mumbai Indians will be locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Tuesday in what is a battle of titans with giants of Indian cricket squaring off against each other for the elusive bragging rights. Lara reckoned that Kohli vs Bumrah battle will be a mouth-watering one and it could well decide the narrative of the game.
“It’s Mumbai Indians against the Royal Challengers Bangalore and it will be Jasprit Bumrah against Virat Kohli. It will be taxing for Jasprit Bumrah especially if they do not get Kohli early. And if Virat Kohli settles, he can be very destructive in the middle-overs. But I do expect to see a very good contest between these two giants of Indian cricket,” Brian Lara said on Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’
Apart from Virat Kohli-Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma-Yuzvendra Chahal duel will be the one to watch out for- Brian Lara
Another mouth-watering clash that everyone is looking forward to seeing is between MI captain Rohit Sharma and ace leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Rohit scored a nonchalant 94 in the last game against KKR but the ‘Hitman’ has lately struggled against leg-spinners. He was dismissed by Piyush Chawla in the first game and with Yuzvendra Chahal being in such great form, it will be interesting to see how Rohit counters the leg-spinner threat.
Brian Lara, however, believes that Sharma will get the better of Chahal this time around.
“Now on the other hand, we have Yuzvendra Chahal the leg-spinner against Rohit Sharma. Now is he going to get the ball in the first six overs to bowl to Rohit Sharma? I don’t know. But if they do meet each other. Rohit Sharma is not a bad player of spin. Chahal has had his success, but what an encounter to look forward to. I think Rohit Sharma is going to get the better of him,” Brian Lara said.