Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, will launch their Indian Premier League (IPL) title defense against Royal Challengers Bangalore led by Virat Kohli in Chennai on Friday. The match is expected to be fierce competition as both teams have some of the best Twenty20 players from around the world in their setup. While the defending champions didn’t tinker with their core much during the player auction, RCB has invested heavily in overseas all-rounders by pitching Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson for the upcoming season. Since Rohit took over the Mumbai-based franchise, they have been the team to beat in the IPL.
Rohit took over the reins from Ricky Ponting in the middle of the 2013 season and in the same year he led Mumbai to their first IPL title.
He won four more titles over the next seven years, becoming the most successful leader in tournament history.
The Mumbai Indian juggernaut defeated all other teams in the 13th edition of the IPL as they won their fifth title.
As Mumbai prepares for their title defense, they also have the chance to become the only IPL team to win three trotting titles.
RCB, who relies heavily on his stick, is hoping to start their season with a victory against a formidable team like the Mumbai Indians.
Despite some of the game’s greats in their repertoire, RCB has yet to get their hands on the IPL Trophy.
The team led by Virat Kohli made three IPL finals, but failed on all three occasions.
Last year Kohli took RCB to the playoffs, but they lost in the eliminator to SunRisers Hyderabad.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, no team will be playing matches on their field during this year’s IPL.
All matches will be played at six venues: Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jimmy Neesham, Arjun Tendulkaryen Marco Jansen, Piush Tendulkaryen Chawla, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohsin Khan, Yudhvir Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Sachin Baby, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Daniel Sams, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Srikar Bharat, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel.
The match starts at 7:30 p.m. IST.
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