Rohit Sharma Has All The Aces Up His Sleeve In IPL 2021, CSK vs MI, Mumbai Indians Predicted XI

2021 International Premier League (IPL): On Sunday, the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will continue their title defence against MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings in the UAE-leg opener.

Rohit Sharma Has All The Aces Up His Sleeve In IPL 2021, CSK vs MI, Mumbai Indians Predicted XI
Rohit Sharma Has All The Aces Up His Sleeve In IPL 2021, CSK vs MI, Mumbai Indians Predicted XI

On Sunday, the Mumbai Indians continue their championship defence against MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings in the first leg of the Indian Premier League's UAE round. With eight points from seven games, the Mumbai Indians sit fourth in the IPL points table. With a win, they would tie for the second position with CSK, who have won five of their seven IPL 2021 matches so far.The good news for Mumbai Indians is that the big guns look to be ready for the tournament's resumption. The fitness of captain Rohit Sharma, key batsman Suryakumar Yadav and star pacer Jasprit Bumrah would be a slight concern with their mandatory quarantine ending only on Thursday.

But with a couple of days of training sessions under their belt, the trio look primed to hit the ground running.
The following is how we believe the Mumbai Indians will line up against the Chennai Super Kings: 
1) Rohit Sharma: In the just finished Test series in England, the Mumbai Indians skipper was in excellent form, scoring the most runs for India in all four matches. Rohit scored 368 runs at a 52.57 average, including a century and two fifties. The stylish opener, on the other hand, will need to swiftly adjust his attitude to the T20 format's breakneck pace, which he should be able to do given his expertise.

2) Quinton de Kock: For the past two seasons, the South African wicketkeeper-batsman has been an integral part of the Mumbai Indians' well-oiled engine. He's been an excellent companion for Rohit, often outperforming him. De Kock, on the other hand, was not at his best during the first phase of the IPL 2021 in India, making 155 runs with a strike rate of 117.52 in six games. 

3) Suryakumar Yadav: Suryakumar Yadav's performances for Mumbai Indians over the years have put him in contention for a spot in India's T20 World Cup playing XI. Mr Consistent for MI, the right-hander has chipped in with runs when the other big guns have failed to fire.Suryakumar made an iffy start to the IPL 2021 season, scoring 173 runs in seven matches at an average of 24.71. MI will expect more from him in the UAE.

4) Ishan Kishan: Another player who has flourished under Rohit Sharma's leadership, Ishan Kishan's striking skill has proven critical to MI's success. With India's tour of Sri Lanka, the youngster made his ODI debut, making a half-century on debut. The 23-year-old, on the other hand, struggled with the bat during IPL 2021's India leg, scoring just 73 runs in five games. 

5) Kieron Pollard: The big-hitting West Indian has nearly single-handedly won matches for the Mumbai Indians. His ability to hit for power and on-field experience make him indispensable.That was clear to see when Pollard produced one of the innings of the tournament, earlier this year, to give MI the unlikeliest of wins against CSK.

6) Hardik Pandya: Hardik Pandya, the younger of the two Pandya brothers, has been plagued by injuries this season. Hardik Pandya didn't have the greatest of times in his comeback series for India in Sri Lanka, failing to make an impact in three One-Day Internationals and one Twenty20 International. 

7) Krunal Pandya: The 30-year-old has been steadily improving over the years, earning a spot in India's limited-overs team. Covid knocked out the all-rounder in Sri Lanka, so he'll be hoping to make a name for himself in the UAE. 

8) Nathan Coulter-Nile: The Australian pacer provides a wealth of knowledge as well as some unique death variations.The coulter-Nile player just one match for MI in IPL 2021 in India, failing to make an impression. He went wicketless and gave away 35 runs from his four overs.

9) Rahul Chahar: The youthful leg-spinner has made significant progress in recent months, putting him in contention for a spot in the Indian side. He was picked in India's 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup in 2021, and he'll be looking to earn his spot with some strong performances. 

10) Trent Boult: The elite bowler from New Zealand has been an important component of the MI system. With the new ball, he has forged a lethal combo with Jasprit Bumrah and is just as dangerous at the death. Boult has had a fantastic start to the IPL 2021 season, taking seven wickets in as many games.

11) Jasprit Bumrah: India's premier pacer and Rohit Sharma's go-to death bowler, Bumrah will once again lead MI's bowling attack. He arrives in the UAE at the back of some fine performances in England and the 27-year-old will now look to get back to his T20 rhythm.