IPL 2021: Rohit’s Mumbai takes on Kohli’s Bangalore behind closed doorways


It’s Virat Kohli vs Rohit Sharma. Two completely different sorts of captains and leaders. One whose physique language bristles with aggression. The opposite who’s extra laid-back however road good.

In different phrases, a gun-slinger versus a {smooth} operator.

The IPL lung opener between defending champion Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore might show intriguing. 

Our correspondents Vijay Lokapally, Shayan Acharya and Wriddhaayan Bhattacharyya focus on the lads’s aspect’s season to this point and what to sit up for within the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.



The floor for the day/night time sport on the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Thursday ought to present good carry within the first half however might help the spinners in a while. Dew could possibly be an enormous issue.

For RCB, a lot hinges on the opening pair of Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal – he has recovered effectively from Covid – however they are going to be in opposition to the lethal mixture of Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult.


Bumrah swings the brand new ball away after which delivers potent yorkers. Boult shall be a risk together with his swing and left-armer’s angle.

RCB, although, has batting firepower. Other than the gifted AB de Villiers who can innovate and create effortlessly, the aspect has the damaging Glenn Maxwell.

RCB would do effectively if it utilises the splendidly fluent batting potential of Washington Sundar. He’s greater than an correct off-spinner.

Mumbai Indians is an entire aspect. The brutal Rohit can win matches off his personal bat. 

Then you might have strokeful Quinton de Kock, whose availability for the match could possibly be a contact and go affair. 

And the aspect has stupendous home expertise with the willow; the explosive Ishan Kishan, the smooth-stroking Suryakumar Yadav, the big-hitting Hardik Pandya, and the dynamic Krunal Pandya.

Then there’s a palm tree hitter Kieron Pollard.

 Within the RCB assault, thrilling Kiwi paceman Kyle Jamieson shall be watched with eager curiosity.  Yuzvendra Chahal might additionally enter the image. 

The opening duel could possibly be a titanic affair.