Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock.© BCCI/IPL
Mumbai Indians tackle Kolkata Knight Riders in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match on Thursday on the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. MI are coming off a loss in opposition to CSK, whereas KKR are buoyant after a complete win over RCB. It is a vital match for each groups given how the IPL factors desk stands presently. A win for KKR will convey them degree on factors with MI and that may additional intensify the struggle for the play-off spots. But bear in mind, MI have had a vice like grip on this rivalry as they’ve gained 22 out of the 28 encounters in opposition to KKR.
For MI to do properly, they should get off to a flying begin and the one man who can do that’s South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock. The southpaw has been the lynchpin for Mumbai on the high of the order and is presently the second most prolific run-getter amongst abroad gamers for the franchise with a tally of 1204 runs in 39 matches.
But de Kock has discovered the going powerful in opposition to KKR, when the Eoin Morgan-led franchise has bowled spinners up entrance within the powerplay. de Kock has been dismissed thrice within the powerplay by KKR spinners in 6 matches. He has scored 172 runs in 10 innings in opposition to KKR at a dismal common of simply over 19, which is his worst in opposition to any lively IPL workforce.
So, the time has come for de Kock to shake off this sluggishness and get MI off to a robust begin. He is standing on the cusp of a particular document too, and an excellent efficiency will see him be part of an elite listing of wicket-keeper batsmen who’ve scored greater than 2000 runs within the IPL as specialist keepers.
de Kock has 1982 runs as a specialist keeper in IPL and desires simply 18 extra runs to change into the second abroad participant to hitch the elite listing after Adam Gilchrist. This elite listing of keeper batsmen is led by none aside from CSK captain MS Dhoni.
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