CSK vs MI: Players To Watch Out For
Against CSK, Rohit could return to the form he has shown over the initial part of this IPL season. The MI skipper shouldn’t be troubled by Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran in the powerplay, unless there’s a ton of swing on offer. Moreover, CSK probably won’t have a leg-spinner – a style of bowler Rohit is notoriously bad against – in their playing XI.
Quinton de Kock:
The South African left-hander was the highest run-getter for his team last season and will be hoping for a repeat performance this year. De Kock blasted 529 runs at an average of 35.26 with four half-centuries to his name.
The South African dasher will be the dangerman for Mumbai Indians up the order and could be vital for his team’s chances of winning yet another title. However, pitches in the UAE could prove to be De Kock’s greatest adversary and it would be interesting to see how he handles the spinners on these wickets.
Moeen Ali has been an incredible value addition to CSK in IPL 2021. Batting at No. 3 ahead of Suresh Raina, the southpaw has given the team a shot of momentum in almost all innings. Ali high strike rate and prowess against spin should serve him well against MI, who have two slow bowlers turning the ball into him in Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya. His off-spin will also be invaluable to CSK’s control over the middle overs.
An integral part of the Chennai Super Kings outfit much is expected of Ravindra Jadeja this season. The all-rounder had some fine performances with both the bat and ball on the international circuit. Jadeja could prove to be the biggest trump card in Dhoni’s locker this season, with pitches in the UAE expected to assist spin.
Krunal will be a massive asset. Not only will he be in prime position to face a number of balls, but he’ll also get the chance to play his natural game in the middle overs instead of at the death. Yes, CSK have two left-handers in Ali and Suresh Raina, but the left-arm spinner could be used in the powerplay against Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
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