The Mumbai Indians will encounter the Chennai Super Kings in the curtain raiser match of IPL 2018 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 7th April 2018. They are the defending champions. Mumbai Indians are one of the strongest teams since the commencement of Indian Premier League. The team was in the good form and undoubtedly they will continue to keep up their quality performance in the current IPL edition. Let us have a detail about some of the batsmen who can be the good opening batsmen for the team.
He was one of the prominent batsmen for Mumbai team in the domestic format. He failed to do well in the Vijay Hazare trophy this year but he managed to get back on the track by 145 runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament. He was well known for his last ball six against Rajasthan Royals in the previous season of IPL. His strike rate in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament 2017-18 was above 150 at an average of 24.16. His tremendous performance brought him a fat cheque of Rs.20 lacs for the current IPL edition. He is a part-time wicketkeeper who can open for the team as well. In his T20I career, he played 84 matches and scored 1689 runs at an average of 26.80 at a strike rate of 131.95.
He is a budding keeper batsman from Jharkhand and had a good domestic career like Siddharth Lad. He scored 273 runs from Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament at a strike rate of 145.98 at an average of 24.16. He did not make the most from opportunities he got in the domestic cricket but seems a perfect replacement for Parthiv Patel as a wicket-keeper. He played 41 T20I matches and scored 919 runs at an average of 22.97 at a strike rate 124.18.
He is a terrific Caribbean batsman who was among the few players who hit more than two centuries in the T20Is. Most of the Indian bowlers were victims of his arrogant attack. He is the regular opener for the West Indies and seems the perfect partner and replacement for Chris Gayle. He was the opening batsman for the Caribbean premier league since many editions. He will be the great choice to open the game along with Rohit Sharma. He scored 2657 runs off 84 T20Is at the strike rate of 146.06 at an average of 34.06.
Rohit Sharma is a terrific opener for the team India as well and can win the match on his own if he is in a good form. He managed to clinch the Nidahas tournament for India and proved his leadership skills again. He is the captain of the Mumbai Indians for the current IPL edition. He is the local lad and without Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler and Lendi Simmons, he is the best option to open the game. He is the third Indian to score 7000 T20I runs. In his T20I career, he scored 7030 runs in 270 matches with an average of 32.39 at the strike rate of 132.66.
He is one of the consistent domestic cricketers who hail from Mumbai. He was fondly called as crisis-man. He scored 373 runs from a breath-taking average of 62.16 in the Vijay Hazare trophy 2017-18. He scored 271 runs in Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament with a strike rate of 138.26 at an average of 38.71. He was bought by the Mumbai franchise for Rs.20 Lacs. His exceptional batting makes him a good partner for Rohit Sharma indeed. He scored 464 runs off 24 T20s with a strike rate above 120 at an average of 29.00.