Wankhede Stadium would witness the opening encounter between Mumbai Indians on 7 April 2018, Saturday.
As all the CSK fans wait for the return of their revered team, defending champions Mumbai Indians would look forward to beginning their IPL campaign at their Iconic home ground.
Whenever there is an encounter between the two teams, emotional high is quite evident among the fans.
As the team of Chennai Super Kings gear up to take on Mumbai Indians at their home ground let’s try to ponder and discover why Wankhede Stadium is Mumbai’s fortress:
Though Sachin Tendulkar has hung his boots, he continues to be an integral part of the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians’ iconic player Sachin Tendulkar started his career from here and he bid a teary-eyed adieu to the game after playing his 200th Test match against the West Indies at Wankhede.
Tendulkar’s 22 -year long wait to lift the world cup also ended here when India won the ODI World Cup for the second time in 2011.
Rohit Sharma has stacked 4207 runs in 159 matches at a strike rate 130.9 in the Indian Premier League. He is Mumbai Indian’ leading run scorer. At Wankhede, Rohit has played many impressive knocks against CSK.
He has scored 274 runs in 6 matches against CSK at this venue at an average of 54.80 and a strike rate of 145.74 and it includes a knock of 87 in 2011 when he recorded the second-best score by an MI player against CSK in the IPL.
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Mumbai Indians will be meeting CSK for the 25th time in the T20s where the team enjoys a lead over Chennai by 13-11.
They dominate Chennai Super by 6-4 in Mumbai and have an edge over Chennai Super Kings with a win-loss ratio of 12-10 in their 22 IPL battles which includes a lead of 5-2 at Wankhede Stadium.
Head to Head:
No. of IPL matches: 22
Mumbai Indians: 12 wins
Chennai Super Kings: 10 wins
For the first time in the history of the IPL, Mumbai crowd will watch Harbhajan Singh donning yellow jersey as Mumbai Indians have parted ways with the spinner. Moreover, Mumbai Indians would be entering the battlefield without their star pacer Lasith Malinga this season.