After losing their previous match, defending champions Mumbai Indians will look to comeback stronger in the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Rohit Sharma, who was seen practicing soon after India squad for Australia was announced, could be back in action for the side.
Mumbai Indians are currently at the top of the table separated with superior Net Run Rate. They have nothing to lose and will expect their players to deliver a strong performance ahead of the playoff stages in the IPL 2020.
Mumbai Indians are spoilt for choices in the opening slot. South Africa captain Quinton de Kock and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma had opened for the franchise for the entire Indian Premier League (IPL) last season. The defending champions also have the option to open with Chris Lynn or Suryakumar Yadav.
Quinton de Kock
Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed that Quinton de Kock will continue to be the opening partner for Rohit Sharma. The pair have been successful for the Mumbai franchise in the last few years. South Africa captain Quinton de Kock has the ability to play cautiously with a healthy strike rate. He along with Rohit Sharma makes for a strong opening pair.
Mumbai T20 captain Suryakumar Yadav might not have earned a national cap in the shortest format of the game but his capabilities are well known. Yadav will add fire-power to the Mumbai Indians line-up and can chip in with quick cameos which can up the scoring rate for the side. He is one of the crucial players, if gets going, can help the franchise put up a strong total on board or even chase it down.
Wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan had initially sealed his place in the Mumbai Indians line-up ahead of Aditya Tare. The primary reason behind his selection was due to his ability to score quick runs. Kishan will be a good choice for Mumbai Indians to step in at No.4 and add to the run scoring tally.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya will be itching to get a slog down the order and contribute valuable runs for the side. He will also be important in the bowling department and can chip in with crucial wickets. Premier India all-rounder Hardik Pandya missed out on the latter part of international action in 2019 due to back injury. He also went under the knife during the period and subsequently underwent rehabilitation period. Hardik Pandya, however, has recovered and trained himself to make a comeback in competitive cricket with the IPL 2020.
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been in red-hot form during the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2020. He will look to make the most of his opportunity for Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2020 as well. Pollard has been one of the crucial members of the Mumbai franchise over the years and if he gets going then he come down heavily on an opposition.
Krunal Pandya has been an essential part of the Mumbai Indians squad and will have a bigger role to play in the spin department for the franchise in the slow tracks of UAE. The Baroda all-rounder much like his younger brother Hardik Pandya owe alot to Mumbai Indians. Coming from the city of Baroda, which has produced plenty of talents, the duo continue to add to their skills in the present day. But belonging from a humble background, the Pandya brothers have faced their quite a few hardships, and overcomed it in style.
Batting in the middle-order, Krunal Pandya has scored 891 runs for Mumbai Indians at an average of 26.20. He has hit one half-century in the lucrative tournament and has a phenomenal strike rate of 146.06. The left-arm orthodox spinner has also picked up 40 wickets at an average of 28.20 with the best bowling figures of 3/14.
Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile is fit and raring to go for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Mumbai Indians bought Coulter-Nile in the IPL 2020 auction for a whooping amount of INR 8 crore. And the Australian is set to work hard to find a place in the Mumbai Indians bowling line-up. He might well be considered as one of the four overseas players in the Mumbai Indians set-up.
Rahul Chahar will have an important role to play in the spin department for Mumbai Indians. The youngster had impressed one and all with his variations and knack to pick up wickets as well as bowl economically in the previous edition of IPL. Mumbai Indians will expect him to continue in similar fashion in IPL 2020.
Premier India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will continue to spearhead the fast bowling attack for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020. His slinging bowling action is hard to be picked up and he keeps his line straight to add woes for the opposition batsmen. It is thus, that he has earned a lot of praise for his bowling from the cricket fraternity.