Ishan Kishan just hours before the first IPL match of this season spoke about the strength of the opponent team. He opined that Royal Challengers Bangalore are stronger than before and Mumbai Indians would be focusing on breaking their record of poor start.
Kishan on RCB
The 14th edition of IPL will be starting soon in Chennai with a match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Hours before the encounter, one of the most promising Indian players and mainstays of Mumbai team, Ishan Kishan said about RCB, “There are so many good players… legendary players in that team and also the new recruits that have come in like Jamieson, Maxwell… They are even stronger now.”
Both Maxwell and Jamieson were picked up by RCB in the mini auction for IPL 2021 auction. No wonder they are stronger and ready for another campaign with new strategy under Virat Kohli.
On MI’s Record of Losing Opening Match
Mumbai Indians have a odd tendency of starting IPL on a poor note. They have a record of losing the first match of the season. But Kishan said that this time MI would be focusing to end the loop. “We are focussing this season to win our first match, something we haven’t done,” said Kishan. Interestingly, Mumbai Indians failed to win any of their opening matches in last eight years.
The defending champions, however are once again entering the league as favourites. They boast of the most balanced team of the league. Speaking on the same, Kishan said, “Last season we had talked about that we need to win the even (numbered) year and we did in a very good manner. We played extraordinary cricket. It wasn’t about individual performances, we played as a team everyone performed. In each and every game there was a new man of the match. That’s the best part of a team to know that all your players are in good form.”