IPL 2021-MI vs RCB-IPL-14: Mumbai Indians eyes on title hat-trick, Kohli to get RCB to win first title-When the Indian Premier League (IPL) starts on Friday, Rohit Sharma will step down with an intention to retain his legacy, while Virat Kohli would like to create a new legacy. Also, everyone’s eyes will be on veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni as to what strategy he comes up with after his team failed to make it to the play-offs for the first time last season.
Due to the increasing cases of Corona virus, the league will be held in a biologically safe environment and spectators will not be allowed to come to the stadium.
Two IPL tournaments in just five months is not an ideal situation for concerned stakeholders but the second seven weeks will be exciting for fans amidst the second wave of Kovid-19 cases where they get to see big sixes, precision yorkers and new talent. Covid-19 cases has increased in India in recent times and about 1 lakh new Covid cases are being reported daily.
The first match of the tournament will be played between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore here and the presence of a big hitter in both the teams will ensure that there is plenty of spectators who will not be able to come to the stadium due to the epidemic.
The tournament has also been hit by the Corona virus and some players and support staff have been found positive before the start of the league. But due to the tight biologically secure environment for the Games, the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI) expects the tournament to be organized as smoothly as in previous tournaments in the UAE.
Kohli will try to monitor the performance of his potential players of the World Cup through this tournament, while the eyes of England captain Eoin Morgan and Kieron Pollard will also be focused on the performance of the players of their country, playing for their respective franchises.
With five titles, Rohit, the most successful captain in IPL history, would like to score the first title hat-trick in the league with the sixth trophy.
If Rohit fails to bat, then Quinton Dickock will be ready to succeed. If both of them fail, then batsmen like Ishan Kishan and Surya Kumar Yadav will be responsible.
If Mumbai’s top order completely fails, then Pandya Bandhu (Hardik and Krunal) will come out to beat the opponent. Also, the team has a stormy batsman like Pollard who is also very important for the team due to his strong fielding on the field.
The bowling will depend on bowlers like Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar. The team of Mumbai Indians can only lose on their bad days and on their good days they are like a nightmare for any opposing team.
Kohli, Rohit’s rival and national team captain will go on to win the IPL title for the first time but the combination of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) does not look as effective as Mumbai.
Devdutt Paddikal will play his 2nd IPL season and this time the teams will strategize for him. Yuzvendra Chahal is seen losing rhythm.
Amidst all this, Dhoni’s eyes will be set on the flat pitch of the Wankhede Stadium as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have to play there instead of Chepak’s slow pitch.
On the other hand, Dhoni’s ‘protagonist’ Rishabh Pant will be desperate to make a mark while captaining the Delhi Capitals for the first time.
Pant has been in very good form since playing a strong innings at Gabba last year and is probably the most confident player in Indian cricket at the moment. The team has experienced batsmen like Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, as well as veteran Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.
Among the bowlers, Daromdar Kagiso Rabada, Enrich Noortje, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Akshar Patel will be on hand so that last year’s runners-up team will try to go one step further this time.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) team is one of the most performing team. The team has probably the best foreign T20 players in the world in the form of David Warner, the world’s best T20 bowler Rashid Khan, Kane Williamson, Jason Holder, Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be hoping to return to the form of aggressive rallying rounder Andre Russell while the team would like Varun Chakraborty to perform well once again.
At the moment of limited overs in international cricket, the best captain Eoin Morgan will try to bring stability to the batting order and at the same time hope that Sunil Narayan’s action is not once again dubbed as questionable.
The owners of Punjab Kings will be hoping that changing the name of the team will change their fate but a lot will depend on the performance of captain Lokesh Rahul.
Mohammed Shami will try to his best performance. The spectators are once again awaiting Chris Gayle’s stormy batting but the team is certainly not a title contender in the beginning.
Rajasthan Royals will miss Jofra Archer’s absence in the beginning. The performance of the team under the guidance of Sanju Samson has been lacking in consistency over the past few seasons and the team will depend on Ben Stokes, Jose Butler and Chris Maurice for good performances.