While Krunal Pandya’s absence comes as a surprise to many, Quinton de Kock’s absence is shocking to one and all. Mumbai Indians are playing a must-win match against Rajasthan Royals today and they are without one of the very few in-form batters in de Kock.
Quinton de Kock has been one of the in-form batters for Mumbai Indians in the UAE league of IPL 2021. In this must-win game, when the middle-order is struggling Mumbai were expected to depend a lot on their opening pairs- Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma. But to include Jimmy Neesham to the side in place of Krunal Pandya, Mumbai have to play without de Kock today. Since Neesham is playing and no team can play with more than four overseas players, Quinton de Kock is missing todays game.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma said, “We are going to bowl first. We have tried everything in this UAE leg, we have tried batting first, we have tried bowling first. The wicket here doesn’t change too much, so we thought let’s have a target in front of us when we bat. We know where we stand at the moment. Every individual knows what they need to do. We have done enough talking, we have done the preparation, it’s about coming here and executing. We need to read the situation, not to worry about what is happening elsewhere, not to worry about the table as well. If we play well, the results will take care of itself.”
He then added, “Two changes: Ishan comes back for de Kock and Neesham for Krunal. We looked at how the game is being played here. The pacers have done well with their change-ups, the pitch tends to get slower and slower. It was unfortunate, Quinton is a very key player for us, so is Krunal. Unfortunately we have to do those changes and these guys have to miss out.”
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult