Rohit and de Kock to open for Mumbai Indians : MI Coach
After Mumbai Indians added Chris Lynn to the squad , there has been lot of speculation about who would open for the defending champion. Hence, Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene has confirmed that Rohit Sharma will continue to open the innings with Quinton de Kock during this edition of the IPL in the UAE.
Although, Lynn is an explosive flying option for Mumbai Indians, the coach feels that Rohit Sharma and Quinton De Cock has been phenomenal for their previous season and they keen to keep it up.
“Lynn is a great addition to the squad, but the combination of Rohit and Quinton did a phenomenal job for us last season,” Jayawardene said during a virtual news conference from Abu Dhabi.
“They complement each other well, they’re consistent and both of them are experienced. They’re good leaders as well, so why would you want to fix something that isn’t broken? We will continue to go with that.
“Lynn as an option gives us flexibility in the squad and that’s what we’ve always done. We try and add more value to the team, give more options so that we can be unpredictable when it comes to tournaments and big matches. Quinton and Rohit as a combination have been brilliant.”
Meanwhile, although there was talks about Chris Lynn’s opening, Rohit prepared himself for all positions.
“I opened for the entire tournament last year and will continue to do that,” the captain said. “As a team, we keep all options open. I’m happy to do what the team wants. I enjoy batting at the top of the order and I’ve been doing it for a while. But even when I play for India, the message to the management is to not close any door and keep all the options open, so I’ll do the same here.”