Marco Jansen Debut: Although Virat Kohli winning a toss is a piece of big news in itself, but heads were turned when Rohit Sharma spoke a name that caught everyone by a big surprise.
When Rohit Sharma named South African rookie Marco Jansen in Mumbai Indians Playing 11 against RCB, social media erupted with everyone searching for the South African prodigy. Even for the die-hard cricket fans, that name caught them off guard.
What’s even more surprising than Marco Jansen, a rookie, making his debut for Mumbai Indians, is the fact that the 20-year-old is yet to play for South Africa, which is a big surprise in itself. In a league of an IPL stature, where even renowned players fail to get the suitors, Jansen certainly raised a few eyebrows when he was bought. But you can be sure that Mumbai Indians must have done their homework when opting to buy him for his base price of INR 20 lakh during the IPL 2021 auction.
Marco Jansen versus Virat Kohli:
Even Marco Jansen wouldn’t have imagined in his wildest dreams that a golden opportunity will pit him against Virat Kohli in an IPL game, at the tender age of 20.
A little know fact about Marco Jansen is that he has already bowled to Virat Kohli Little is known Marco Jansen, the then 17-year-old, bowled to King Virat Kohli in the nets three years ago.
Virat Kohli won the toss and asked his counterpart, Rohit Sharma, to bat first in the IPL 2021 season opener.
RCB also handed a debut to Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson while Chris Lynn was the other debutant for Mumbai Indians in the season opener.