Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina pick combined MI-CSK side, MS Dhoni to lead team
Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina picked a combined Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) side with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain during an Instagram Live chat. The team selection part was posted by CSK on their official Twitter handle. Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the two most successful sides in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai bettered Chennai last time when they won the final by one run in Hyderabad to win a record fourth title under Rohit’s leadership.
Under decorated former India captain Dhoni, CSK have reached the play-offs in all the seasons they have played, winning the crown on three occasions.
In Rohit and Raina’s combined XI, the likes of cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar (MI) and Australian Mathew Hayden (CSK) found a place along with modern-day stars Hardik Pandya (MI) and Ravindra Jadeja (CSK). West Indies ODI and T20I captain Kieron Pollard was also named with ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah joining him from MI.
Batsman Ambati Rayudu, who played for CSK last season but has also donned Mumbai colours, was also picked as was seasoned South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis (CSK).
Dwayne Bravo and Harbhajan Singh -- who has also played for both teams -- completed the XI.
Rohit chose to be the assistant batting coach and asked Raina to be the fielding and batting coach of this side.
The IPL is currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has thrown global life out of gear.
Combined MI & CSK XI: Sachin Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jasprit Bumrah, Ambati Rayudu, Mathew Hayden, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (C), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh.