Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the IPL 2020 game against Chennai Super Kings at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday. He had been under the weather with a hamstring injury that he suffered during their last game against Kings XI Punjab at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Here’s Rohit’s fitness update from Mumbai Indians: “Rohit Sharma has suffered left leg hamstring strain during Mumbai Indians’ last outing. Rohit has made good progress over last four days, while the management is taking one day at a time monitoring the recovery process in consultancy with BCCI.”
Notably, Keiron Pollard has been made the stand-in captain as he walked out for the toss. Interestingly, Pollard has previously captained the successful Mumbai Indians franchise on a few occasions. Overall, the all-rounder has loads of experience of playing as captain in various T20 leagues. Even in international cricket, he is currently the skipper of the West Indies squad in white-ball cricket.
Meanwhile, MI stand-in skipper Pollard won the toss and chose to bowl first.
“We are gonna bowl first. Don’t expect the wicket to change much and hopefully there’s some dew. We want to qualify to the playoffs first and we still have to come out and play good cricket. We have spoken about areas we need it improve and we want to execute them in the middle tonight. Rohit is struggling with his left hamstring and hopefully he will be fit soon and take the captaincy. Only change we have is Saurabh Tiwary comes in for Rohit,” Pollard said after winning the toss.
Last game we played here the wicket played slightly better in the second innings, so not much of a problem. Once we landed here we had a 14-day break and before that we had a seven day-camp in Chennai and once we’re here it became slightly difficult with the quarantine and there were a few phases where game went out of our hands and the batting wasn’t also upto the mark, It happens in cricket and there are quite a few reasons for why we haven’t been upto the mark. Three changes for us. Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Piyush Chawla out and Jagadeesan, Gaikwad and Tahir are in,” Dhoni said after the toss.
Talking about the teams’ performances, Mumbai Indians have started well this season and are seated third on the points table with 12 points from nine games so far, while CSK is having a terrible season as they are lying at the bottom of the points table and are almost on the verge of getting eliminated from the playoffs race.
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Sam Curran, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard(c), Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah