Mumbai Indians opener Quinton de Kock feels the game against Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021 will be “tough” but the Rohit Sharma led side can look at their previous encounters to get a psychological boost. Both CSK and MI walk into this game with thumping victories in their previous matches.
CSK is on top of the points table after stringing five consecutive wins in six outings while Mumbai Indians sits in the fourth position having won just three games. While talking to the MI’s in-house media channel, De Kock insisted that the rivalry between the two teams is huge.
“Playing against Chennai is a big game. It’s quite a big rivalry and every time we play against them, you always hear the talk of it. So it is always a big game for us. When we do play them, we know they are going to be tough but we’ll also be nice and tough”
De Kock was going through a rough patch, he missed the first game due to mandatory quarantine but the opener scored runs for MI when it mattered the most. The left-handed batsman guided them to a much-needed win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday with a gutsy 70 off 50 balls.
The batting line-up of Mumbai Indians is yet to impress in IPL 2021. They are being carried over the line by bowlers and this is warning signs for Rohit Sharma and his team. If this issue is not fixed, they could miss the chance of playing in the Playoffs. They will have to bring out their A-game when facing in-form CSK.
MI and CSK have developed quite some rivalry between them over the 13 seasons of the IPL. Both teams are known for having a winning mentality. Out of the 32 times these teams have met in IPL history, MI has won 19 times while CSK’s win count stands at 13. MI has dominated this fixture and has won four out of the five previous encounters between these two sides.