The defending champions Mumbai Indians will once again start as favourites to lift the trophy when they take on Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
However CSK is missing the services of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, MI to missing their most trusted weapon with the ball – Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga.
In the absence of Malinga, how MI will find their perfect balance? Let’s find out by predicting MI’s Playing XI for the first match according to cricket experts opinion.
Rohit Sharma: just like last year this year also Rohit confirmed that he would open the batting throughout the season. Rohit led MI to four titles and is the third-highest run-scorer in the history of the IPL. If needed, Chris Lynn may be open, and Rohit would be pushed down the order.
Quinton de Kock: The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman was sold to Mumbai by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2019 and will partner Rohit Sharma at the top. De Kock is in form this year which bodes well for Mumbai Indians.
Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the top performers for Mumbai in the domestic circuit and showed his class with India A in New Zealand earlier this year.
Ishan Kishan: This IPL will be very important for young wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan. He has to show his ability and pedigree to be successful under extreme pressure.
Kieron Pollard: Windies all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been instrumental in MI reaching astronomical heights but last year had a downward curve. He will be eager to change his fortunes for good this season.
Hardik Pandya: MI coach Jayawardena stated that the job of finishing matches would be Hardik’s responsibility. The hard heater Hardik Pandya will add tremendous depth to this Mumbai Indians outfit.
Krunal Pandya: As Krunal Pandya did not have a productive last year has to lost in the Indian T20 side due to lack of impactful performances.
Mitchell McClenaghan: Mitchell McClenaghan is almost guaranteed of a place in the side considering what he brings to the table that aggression and experience.
Rahul Chahar: Rahul Chahar is MI’s frontline leg-spinner last season after dethroning Mayank Markande. He is all set to play a vital role on UAE pitches which are known for the spinners track.
Jasprit Bumrah: Bumrah will lead Mumbai’s pace attack once again this season, but this time, there will be more pressure in the absence of Malinga.
Trent Boult: Boult is one of the most valuable additions to the MI squad this year. Boult promises to be part of a formidable pace trio.
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