Aakash Chopra makes bold prediction on most destructive opening pair
With the new Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) season just a few days away, experts and former cricketers have already started putting out their predictions for the tournament. Former India batsman Aakash Chopra has also joined the bandwagon, stating that he expects defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to have the most destructive opening pair in the 14th IPL edition.
Mumbai is spoilt for choices when it comes to picking two batsmen for the opening lot. While Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma were regular openers during IPL 2020 in UAE, the five-time champions also have the young Ishan Kishan, who made the headlines with a sparkling fifty on his T20I debut against England in Ahmedabad.
Cricketer-turned-commentator Chopra, responding to a fan's question on his YouTube channel, explained why he thinks this way:
“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.”
“If Chris Gayle opens with KL Rahul, they can be a very explosive pair. There is no one there to open with Jos Buttler, while Kane Williamson may open with David Warner this season. We can’t forget Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, but Dhawan may play a bit cautiously so you never know.” Aakash added.