Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra is back with his analysis of various franchises as the IPL 2021 opener draws nearer. he has been doing several videos on various aspects of the game speaking on the strengths and weaknesses of various franchises. In his most recent video, he has picked the most destructive opening pair in IPL 2021. Aakash Chopra feels MI have the ‘most destructive’ opening pair in IPL this season.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Kock according to Aakash Chopra form the most formidable and destructive opening pair in the upcoming season. He formed this opinion while analysing the opening combinations of all eight teams.
Aakash Chopra Picks Most Destructive Opening Pair
“I will go with Mumbai Indians as they have Quinton de Kock along with Rohit Sharma. There are two good banks there. Even if Quinton de Kock gets replaced by Ishan Kishan, it is again a very explosive pair. I will go with them,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel responding to a fan query.
Mumbai even have good reserve openers in the form of Chris Lynn and Ishan Kishan. Kishan opened in a few matches when Rohit Sharma sat out for a few games last season.
Ishan ended up emerging as MI’s top-scoring player in the campaign with 516 runs in 14 games while the Proteas star aggregated 503 runs in 16 matches. Courtesy of his performances in the IPL as well as domestic cricket, Ishan even earned his maiden call-up to India’s T20I team and ended up scoring a half-century in his very first outing.
Mumbai Indians won their maiden IPL title in 2013 under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy. This happened after Ricky Ponting stepped down from captaincy after a bad start. Since then Mumbai have won every alternate year till 2019. In 2020, they even managed to defy the odd-year syndrome and win it in an even year. Mumbai Indians play the opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9.