Mumbai Indians Top 5 Batsmen: Rohit Sharma will love to imbue some high spirits into the Mumbai squad that will be looking forward to carrying things from where they exactly left in the preceding edition of the Indian Premier League. The team boats of exhaustive depth in every single department and will be focused on bolstering that status in the imminent edition of the fray.
However, they will do good enough to keep in mind that situations change, and with the tournament’s base shifted to UAE, the muscle-men of Mumbai will have to hold on to their salvo in the initial stages after they arrive at the crease.
We will look at the top four of the Mumbai innings and how exactly they can be of importance in Mumbai’s quest for their fifth IPL title.
Quinton De Kock
The South African captain is in his life’s best form at the moment and that is exactly the kind of momentum that Mumbai will need for kickstarting their innings. An expressive stroke-player, De Kock can hammer around the bowlers into every nook and cranny of the park and also steer the cherry into the gaps to steal away quick singles.
He will be leading the attacking charge from the front without the fear of getting dismissed keeping in mind that there is still a good deal of batting to follow. De Kock is a tactical giant and his hitting flair on the ground will also provide him considerable cover in the powerplay to carry on with the carnage pretty deep into the innings.
This youngster has come a long way from being a pinch-hitter in at number five or six for KKR to opening the innings for Mumbai that saw him garnering more than 500 runs in a single season. He is a quick scorer and has the ability to flip those breezy starts into a bloodbath if he stays at the crease for a considerable amount of time.
The duo of Yadav and De Kock will pose a fair bit of threat to the opposition bowling line up, given the wondrous chemistry shared by the two. It is a natural understanding that the Indo-African pair has grown between themselves, which gives Mumbai a headstart in brilliance.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma
In at number three will be their Mr. Dependable, the captain of the side, Rohit Sharma. A tremendous hard-hitter of the ball, Sharma can be a ruthless aggressor when it comes to dismantling the opposition bowling. However, he will have to be calm initially which will give him the leeway to fire his shots later in the innings.
An exquisite stroke-player who also shares a knack for taking the bowlers to the cleaners, Sharma can be absolutely lethal in the batting ranks of Mumbai. Also a phenomenal puller of the short balls, this makes life hellish for the bowlers as they see one of their weapons being snuffed out with consummate ease.
Mumbai Indians youngster Anmolpreet Singh
An untested prodigy, and yet a dynamic striker of the ball, Anmolpreet Singh will be up at number four to provide the platform for Pollard and Pandya to put up their glitter at the end of the innings.
Though a lot cannot really be expected from this youngster, however, he houses the potential to steady things in case if there is an early avalanche of wickets which may trigger a batting collapse in the Mumbai dugout. Also, given the tricky nature of the pitches, his anchor stance will be of massive importance to the men in blue.
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