Tarot reader Shruti Chopra looks into her cards to give CricketCountry.com readers exclusive insights into what lies ahead in the IPL matches. In the below piece, she dwells into the Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals game – the second of the two IPL matches on Sunday.
The Royals, like the Three of Swords will have a tough start and will need to start by concentrating on their fielding. As a team, they have the right resolve and are expecting this to be a challenge. They won't shy away from the hard work, but instead will look to experiment which will prove to be quite beneficial. The Hermit shows them playing a wise game despite feeling the pressure.
Rahul Dravid is looking strong with his batting. He will be like the Queen of Swords, well planned and aggressive in taking charge. His positivity will run through to his team and his captaincy. He will look to instill great faith in his team and will relish the challenge, hence the reasons for fresh plans and renewed aggression.
Ajinkya Rahane will have a better day. He will look to take risks with his batting, but it's his adaptability that will bring him success.
Shane Watson will be like the Ten of Cups, a strong team player. He will have a good all round performance and will enjoy his day.
Shaun Tait will have a slow start, but with the Chariot, he will look to pick up pace and have a good day with the ball. He will be well directed.
Johan Botha will have some good plans, which upon execution with bring about good results.
Ankeet Chavan should be played, as he will have the right direction and passion for bringing about wicket taking successes.
Brad Hodge, if fit, will play an important role with his batting.
The Mumbai Indians are looking to bring better balance to their team. Like the Four of Wands, they have the right foundations in place to give a strong performance. They should remove any thought of complacency, as this won't be an easy game. As a unit, they will look to be like the Moon and hound the opposition with an aggressive intent.
Harbhajan Singh will have a tough start with the ball, but will recover well. He will adapt well and like the Queen of Swords and Knight of Wands will bring better direction to his plans. As a captain, he will be strong and commanding and look to guide the team well. He should be wary of not getting into a shell if the opposition is looking to dominate.
Sachin Tendulkar will need to gain better control over his batting. Like the Eight of Swords, he seems to be stuck in a self-imposed mental rut. He will need to develop better clarity for today to be a success for him.
Rohit Sharma will bat well and work hard in a partnership. He will need to be careful with the Hanged Man, as a lack of strike or a dip in strike rate can compel him to play a rash shot. His focus will be the key.
Kieron Pollard will be hard working and will look to adapt his batting style according to the situation. A good all round performance can be expected from him.
Munaf Patel will, like the Five of Pentacles, be economical and well planned. He will do well.
Lasith Malinga will feel the pressure, but despite this, he will stick to his plans and be successful.
Who holds the advantage?
(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through - which it did! You can know more about Shruti via Facebook, Twitter and her website)