Along with Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya is also not featuring for today’s game against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. However, Krunal Pandya has made the cut.
Mumbai Indians will be led by Kieron Pollard instead of Rohit Sharma in the first game of the IPL 2021 in the UAE. The regular captain is out of the match due to an injury reportedly. Hardik Pandya is the other familiar name from the Mumbai Indians side that is missing the game today. There’s no injury update as of now related to Pandya from the franchise. The other Pandya will be playing today’s game albeit against CSK.
Chennai Super Kings meanwhile won the toss and decide to bat first. Dhoni said, “We will bat first, looks like a good wicket. Setting a target will be a better option. It’s the same for everyone. I can’t say if it’s a good break or not. Once tournament starts, you get into some sort of rhythm but this season it’s new and maybe us cricketers will start loving it. Seven games, then a break, and seven more. It comes down to how you play on that day in the shortest form. We’ll try to do the basics right and focus on the process. Sam is not available. Faf, Moeen, Bravo and Josh are playing this game.”
Pollard said, “We weren’t so sure, so happy that I lost the toss. Rohit is okay, he’ll be fine sooner rather than later, I’m just the captain for today.”
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Quinton de Kock(w), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard(c), Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood