Can Rohit Sharma emulate his previous performance against CSK?

Indian Premier League 2020 will be starting several hours from now. To the world that has suffered due to a pandemic, the Indian Premier League comes as a fresh breath of air. In the curtain-raiser clash of the new season, Chennai Super Kings will face the defending champions, Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai Indians have a poor record in the United Arab Emirates and have five losses in five games when played in 2014. Though the team made it to the playoffs back then, it is difficult for the team to erase that memory. However, Rohit Sharma will be looking forward to changing the fortunes in 2020 against Chennai Super Kings.

Last season, in 2019, Rohit Sharma had overcome Chennai Super Kings every time he had faced. Not only his captaincy records are good but also his batting records are. Rohit Sharma is second to Virat Kohli in terms of the runs scored. Rohit Sharma has amassed 705 runs against MS Dhoni-led side in 27 appearances. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain has 747 runs in fewer appearances than Rohit and Rohit will look to overthrow Virat Kohli from the summit.

In IPL 2019, at MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, Rohit Sharma scored 67 runs from 48 deliveries. He not only scored the half-century but led his side to a decent total of 155 against Chennai Super Kings. The player will look to emulate the same performance when he faces returning MS Dhoni to the cricketing circuit. Rohit Sharma will be raring to have a good start to the season against CSK and extend his purple patch to the eighth fifty against the “Whistle Podu” army.

There are multiple things at stake for both sides. On one hand, Mumbai Indians will look to extend their dominance and on the other, Chennai will be itching to defeat Mumbai Indians. Also, CSK have the unfinished business with Mumbai based outfit as they were defeated in the finals of 2019. Can Rohit Sharma emerge victorious at Sheikh Zayed Stadium?