The 2018 IPL will kick-start its campaign on Saturday, 7th April as the Mumbai Indians take on the returning Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The Mumbai Indians will go in as the favourites as they are playing at home at the Wankhede Stadium.
Mumbai Indians Will Rely Heavily On Domestic Talent
Mumbai Indians will be captained by Rohit Sharma who has proven to be a good leader in the IPL. One of the reasons why Mumbai has been strong in recent editions of the IPL is because the owners have put together a great line-up of domestic talent. Many of the domestic players feature in the Indian line-up.
Mumbai Indians will feature the likes of Jasprit Bumrah who is considered to be one of the best death bowlers in the game and Hardik Pandya who is India’s premier all-rounder. Krunal Pandya showed last year that he can be a game changer with both bat and ball. Mumbai will also be relying on the likes of Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar and Suryakumar Yadav to bolster their side.
Mumbai can only pick overseas players and Rohit Sharma will have to pick between JP Duminy, Pat Cummins, M ‘Fizz’ Rahman, Evin Lewis and A Dananjaya.
CSK Would Like To Re-start Their Campaign With A Win
Don’t be surprised if you see a flood of yellow filling up the seats at the Wankhede Stadium. CSK – the most popular IPL franchise is coming back after a two year ban and CSK’s legion of fans will be traveling to Mumbai to support MS Dhoni and his boys in yellow in their opening encounter.
CSK would dearly like to re-start their IPL campaign with a win. MS Dhoni has a lot to prove in the 2018 edition of the IPL as CSK owners have once again trusted him to lead the side. Dhoni will not only have to lead the side but also deliver with the bat and prove his doubters that he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level in the shorter format of the game.
CSK has more or less a similar side as the owners did their best to keep the core group of players together. Supporting MS Dhoni will be his close friends Suresh Raina and R Jadeja. CSK’s success in 2018 will depend heavily on the performance of its overseas players which include Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Sam Billings, Faf du Plessis, Mark Wood and L Ngidi.