IPL 2021 – MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians all set to miss services of Quinton de Kock for MI vs RCB opening game

IPL 2021 - MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians are set to miss their star opener and wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock, for the tournament opener
IPL 2021 - MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians are set to miss their star opener and wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock, for the tournament opener

IPL 2021 – MI vs RCB Quinton De Kock: Mumbai Indians (MI) are set to miss their star opener and wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock, for the tournament opener on April 9. The 28-year-old has arrived from South Africa after playing the 1st 2 matches of the ODI series vs Pakistan – but as per the BCCI norms is still in quarantine.

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De Kock is amongst the five players — Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje (both Delhi Capitals) hard hitter David Miller (Rajasthan Royals), pacer Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings) — in the squad who only arrived on Monday to join their IPL Squads.

All 5 South African cricketers are currently in quaranting and will miss 1st games for their respective teams.

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IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians to miss services of Quinton de Kock for MI vs RCB opening game Who can replace Quinton de Kock for the MI vs RCB match

De Kock was one of the leading factors for Mumbai’s IPL 2020 winning campaign. In Rohit’s absence due to injury, the Proteas batsman took the responsibility to give the team a strong start. In 16 games he had scored 503 runs. While he will be missed if not available for selection, MI might have to ready backup in a worst-case scenario.

One option they have is to bring Chris Lynn into the scheme of things. Although he did not play a single match in 2020, the Australian batsman’s exploits are well-known. In 2018 and 2019 alone he has scored 896 runs in 29 games. Another option is that MI can promote Ishan Kishan as an opener and play Saurabh Tiwary in the middle.

IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals to suffer the most

It is the DC pacers who will be missed the most. Rabada and Nortje form DC’s lethal fast bowling unit. The duo played a crucial role to lead the Capitals to their maiden IPL final last year. Together, they were the second-highest wicket-taking pair with 52 wickets to their name.

IPL 2021 DC squad:

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings

IPL 2021 MI squad:

Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar

IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians all set to miss services of Quinton de Kock for MI vs RCB opening game