Abu Dhabi: Defending champion Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawarden has said that captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock will continue to open the innings in the 13th season of the IPL. Jayawardene gave this information in a virtual press conference held in Abu Dhabi. Captain Rohit was also present during this.
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Mumbai’s Australian opener Chris Lynn is also present and the team can also start the innings with him, but Jayawardene says that what is fixed cannot be tampered with. Jayawardene said, ‘Lynn is a good option in the team, but the pair of Rohit and Quinton did a great job for us last season. They know each other very well. They are consistent and experienced. He is also a good captain, so why do you want to fix something that is not broken? We will continue with them only.
Rohit has previously batted at number 3 and number 4 for Mumbai. He says that he enjoys batting in the top order and he will continue to do so. However, he also said that other options will also be open according to the need of the team. Rohit said, ‘Last season I started the innings during the entire tournament and this time it will continue. At the same time, according to the need of the team, I will also keep other options open. I am happy with what the team would like to do. However, the second opener batsman in the team will be Quinton Dickock and this is certain.
Let me tell you that Rohit and D Cock started the innings in 15 of the 16 matches in Mumbai last season and the team became the champion for the fourth time. Together they scored 565 runs at an average of 37.66 with the help of 5 half-centuries. The camp for Mumbai Indians is Abu Dhabi, where the team has to play eight of its 14 league matches. Tomorrow, they will play the first match of the Mumbai League against Chennai Super Kings.