Chennai: The Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bowl against Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match of the season at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
MI have won almost double the number of games played between the two teams over the years. While MI have won 17 matches, RCB have won just 9 matches.
Rohit said during the toss, "Would've fielded first as well. But as a team, we've batted well over the years. Nothing different for us. Bat well in the powerplay and set the game up for the big hitters. The entire square has been changed. Recently played a couple of Tests. Need to do what we do as a team, put our best foot forward".
"It's unbelievable, bit of a mini-break helped me I guess to win a toss. Going to bowl first. They're a side who likes chasing. Good chance for us to get onto the park and create some intensity. With the balance we have this year we can do both, but have to understand who you're playing against, Kohli said.
Mumbai Indians big match-winner will not play today
In the first match, the name of his opener Quinton De Kock may be missing from the playing XI of Mumbai Indians. De Kock has arrived in Chennai from South Africa and may give him a rest, who has just arrived from an ODI series at home against Pakistan. In such a situation, Ishan Kishan can do the opening of the team with Rohit Sharma. The middle order of Mumbai is very strong, they have tremendous T20 batsmen like Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Kieron Pollard. In bowling too, the team has big names like Trent Boult and Jaspreet Bumrah.
RCB have big-hitter
As usual, the team of Royal Challengers Bangalore once again looks strong in batting. However this season, he has tried to balance the all-rounder team like Kyle Jameson, Dan Christian. The team also includes a young wicketkeeper Mohammad Azharuddin, who is known for fast batting. In bowling, the team is going to depend on Chahal and Sundar.
RCB's skipper Virat Kohli is near to achieve one or the other milestone in the IPL. The skipper, who is also the leading run-getter of IPL, is on the verge of cracking many records in IPL 2021.
India: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Azharuddin, Dan Christian, Washington Sudar, Kyle Jameson, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
England: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Krunal Pandya, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, and Jaspreet Bumrah.