MI vs RCB: 7 things to look forward to in the opening game of IPL 2021- We are just seven days away from the IPL 2021 opener. The opening clash will take place between defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Chennai on April 9. While Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will begin their quest for a hat-trick of IPL titles and sixth overall, Virat Kohli’s RCB must be aiming to start well in their bid to maiden (IPL 2021) trophy. Here we look at 7 things to look forward to in the IPL 2021 opener; check out
Virat Kohli as Opening batsman
RCB skipper Virat Kohli has confirmed that he will open the batting of RCB in IPL 2021. He was in amazing form in the limited-overs series against England. Royal Challengers Bangalore had released Aaron Finch who opened for them in IPL 2020. Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal who excelled at the top spot in the last IPL season will open with Kohli.
Devdutt Padikkal in red-hot form
The future India prospect Devdutt Padikkal emerged as the second-highest run-getter in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 (737 runs). He smashed 4 back-to-back hundreds in the domestic competition for Karanataka. He can go on to smash a hundred for RCB in the opening contest.
Only two batsmen in world cricket have scored 4 consecutive tons in List A cricket (which includes ODIs), it includes Kumar Sangakkara (SL, 2015) and Alviro Pietersen (SA, 2015-16)
AB De Villiers could set IPL 2021 opener on fire
The South Africa legend AB De Villiers can provide us with a repeat of Brendan McCullum heroics in the inaugural season of IPL. The latter had smashed 158 runs off just 73 balls which included 13 sixes.
Adam Zampa, De Kock may miss the season opener
RCB bowler Adam Zampa will miss the opening match as he is getting married.
Quinton de Kock is also unlikely to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 opener. The 28-year-old is currently part of the South Africa squad for the three-match ODI series against Pakistan that will conclude on April 7.
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who is known for his white-ball heroics, can entertain fans with his explosive batting coupled with a knack of picking up wickets with the ball.
RCB’s costliest player in the IPL 2021 auction, Jhye Richardson, is set to make his IPL debut. He can bowl a tremendous spell to outclass the MI giants who are considered as the favourite for yet another trophy in IPL 2021.
Return of Siraj, Sundar and Saini as national heroes
The trio– Mohammad Siraj, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini shined for India after IPL 2020. They are likely to make a difference in the RCB camp.
Even though Arjun Tendulkar is likely to warm the bench in IPL 2021 opener, all eyes will be on him as he will begin his first IPL season.
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