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IPL 2020: Got to make sure that we are defending champions – MI captain Rohit Sharma ahead of opener vs CSK

Ahead of his team’s opener against arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has said that the players have to make sure that they are the defending champions.

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni (Twitter Image)

Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni (Twitter Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rohit Sharma said MI have to make sure to have their eyes on ball
  • Herschelle Gibbs said he wants his former franchise Mumbai Indians to make other teams quiver
  • Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond called Chennai Super Kings ‘great rival’

The stage is finally set. After almost six months of wait, here we are, just 90 minutes away from the IPL 2020 opener between two of IPL’s most successful teams Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI). Rohit Sharma will be looking for his 5th IPL title for MI captain, while MS Dhoni, who has won 3 IPL trophies while leading CSK, will have his eyes set on equalling Rohit’s record.

Ahead of the MI captain Rohit Sharma has said that his team will have to keep their eyes on the ball to make sure that they are the defending champions, He added that he would not want his team to take anything for granted.

“We got to make sure that we are defending champions, we have our eyes on the ball and not taking anything for granted. Not to take the foot off the pedal as well. We need to keep pressing, keep pressing and keep pressing hard. So far we have had some good time in the middle and so really happy with that as well,” Rohit Sharma said.

On the other hand, Herschelle Gibbs – former Mumbai Indians opener, wants his ex-franchise to make others “quiver in their boots”.

“Mumbai Indians! First game in the new season. Go out there, set the tone. Make the other team’s quiver in their boots. Good luck and above all enjoy,” Herschelle Gibbs said in a video posted on MI’s official Twitter handle.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma has compared his team’s clash against MS Dhoni’s CSK to ‘El Clasico’ of Spanish football league La Liga. CSK and MI have played against each other on 30 occasions, with the former triumphing over the latter on 18 occasions.

Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond recognises the threat CSK possesses. He said that the season opener against “great rival” CSK will be tough.

“They are a great rival. So, we know it’s going to be tough game. Fully fit, ready to go. We have had a month’s preparation so we feel we are prepared as we can be.”

This Post first appeared on “India Today”

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