17 Sep 2020: IPL 2020: Rohit and De Kock to open for MI
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are set to open their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 campaign against Chennai Super Kings on September 19.
During the build-up, one was eager to see who would be opening the batting for the franchise.
Here are further details.
IPL 2019: Rohit and De Kock did well as openers last season
The senior batsman said the team will keep options open, however, he will bat as an opener for the franchise.
Rohit opened for the entire tournament last season and amassed 405 runs in 15 matches at 28.92.
He slammed two fifties and had a strike-rate of 128.57.
Meanwhile, his partner De Kock, scored 529 runs in 16 matches at 35.26.
Opener: I enjoy batting at the top of the order: Rohit
In a press conference on Thursday, Rohit said he enjoys batting at the top.
"I opened for the entire tournament last year and will continue to do that. As a team, we keep all options open. I'm happy to do what the team wants. I enjoy batting at the top of the order and I've been doing it for a while now," he said.
Fact: MI to keep options open
Rohit added however, MI will keep options open this season. "But even when I play for India, the message to the management is to not close any door and keep all the options open, so I'll do the same here," Rohit said.
Lynn: Chris Lynn will have to wait on the sidelines
The experienced T20 batsman will need to wait as MI have a settled opening duo.
Also, Lynn struggled to get going on the slow pitches during the recently concluded Caribbean Premier League.
He aggregated 138 runs playing for St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
MI: MI to continue with Rohit and Quinton, says Mahela
MI coach Mahela Jayawardene highlighted how Rohit and Quinton compliment each other.
"The combination of Rohit and Quinton did a phenomenal job for us last season. They complement each other well, they're consistent and both of them are experienced. They're good leaders as well, so why would you want to fix something that isn't broken? We will continue to go with that," he said.
Options: 'Lynn as an option gives us flexibility in the squad'
Mahela added that Lynn gives MI more flexibility and options.
"Lynn as an option gives us flexibility in the squad and that's what we've always done. We try and add more value to the team, give more options so that we can be unpredictable when it comes to tournaments and big matches," the MI coach added.