The blockbuster opening game of IPL 2021 will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the 9th of April.
We all have witnessed over the years that MI has been losing its first fixture mostly every season. However, the situation looks pretty different with their powerful and most balanced team in the history of IPL.
RCB, on the other side, will be eying for a win, so to get a good start for the tournament. From an IPL fan perspective, whoever wins, it’s going to be one of the super clashes of the season.
Morever, the most awaiting battle will be Bumrah vs ABD for the match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL 2021)
As Virat has already said after the last T20 match against England, that he is going to open in the IPL. With Virat Opening it will very interesting to see who takes his slot at no. 3.
Further, it could also mean that probably, Ab De Villiers is going to keep for the Banglore based franchise this year. Even in the last edition of IPL, Mr. 360 were the keeper for few matches and in those matches, Kohli got a lot of freedom in selecting the XI.
Devdatt Paddikal has joined the squad after he was contracted with the virus. So, there is a high possibility that he will play the first fixture.
RCB Probable Probable XI for MI vs RCB :
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers(wk), Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kylie Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini
RCB Full Squad (IPL 2021):
Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Josh Philippe(wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen(wk), Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat(wk)
Mumbai Indians (IPL 2021)
Quinton de Kock has taken a bubble to bubble transfer from South Africa, and as a result, is likely to be available for the opening match.
MI Probable XI For MI vs RCB:
Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile
MI Full Squad (IPL 2021):
Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Piyush Chawla, Dhawal Kulkarni, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Adam Milne, Chris Lynn, Jayant Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Quinton de Kock(wk), Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh
Venue : Chepauk (Chennai)