Harsha Bhogle tips MS Dhoni to be the key player today

Rohit Sharma is yet to lose an IPL final and will look for a 4th straight title win.

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MS Dhoni of Rising Pune Supergiant
MS Dhoni of Rising Pune Supergiant in action. (Photo: IANS)

We are just moments away from the commencement of the eagerly awaited IPL final between Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiant and we will be in for a crackerjack of a contest. For the 4th time we will be witnessing a Maharashtrian derby and for Mumbai to lift the title for the 3rd time, they have to turn their fortunes and beat Pune for the first time in this edition.

Meanwhile popular TV commentator Harsha Bhogle feels that former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be the key man for RPS in the final and for them to lift the title, Dhoni has to fire. Taking to his twitter handle he shared some interesting stats mentioning that 7 finals in 10 years is a brilliant record and he will play a vital role in the outcome of the match.

Rohit Sharma’s love-affair with finals

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma the captain of Mumbai Indians have played 3 IPL finals (one for Deccan Chargers and two for Mumbai Indians) and have returned on the winning side on all 3 occasions. So if Mumbai loses it will be the first for Rohit Sharma.

Kieron Pollard to have a sensational record in the final and has scored at a strike rate of 205.He has been a vital member of the Mumbai side and has played some match-winning innings in the tourney so far. His innings of 70 against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier in the tournament helped Mumbai chase down the total of 140 after tottering at 7/4 at one stage. Rohit Sharma hasn’t been at the best of his forms in the tournament but big players tend to deliver on big days and it might well be the day for Rohit Sharma.

Rising Pune Supergiant will be playing without the likes of Ben Stokes which will be a big blow for them but despite his absence, Pune steamrolled Mumbai in the Qualifier 1 which will be a big boost to them. Washington Sundar, the 17-year-old teenager has been a revelation for Pune and will look to continue his good work in the final starting in an hour’s time.

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