Cards favour Rohit Sharma to lead Mumbai Indians to victory over KKR

Rohit Sharma will accumulate runs before he takes his batting to the next level © AFP

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 Kolkata Knight Riders game – the only  IPL match on Wednesday.

 

 

 

Mumbai Indians

 

The Mumbai Indians are like the Empress – proud and balanced. They are looking strong and content with themselves, yet they’re not going to make the mistake of complacency. They are aware of the hard work needed, which will be quite a lot, considering the Ten of Swords expresses the ability to rise from the toughest of situations through application. Collectively, the team and management are looking to implement mature plans and encourage consistency throughout the 40 overs.

 

Harbhajan Singh, like the Four of Cups, will have some great opportunities with the ball. He will start off well directed and receive results for this. He should be careful towards the end of his spell as he will lose direction and feel disappointed by this. As a captain, he will be slow to react to situations. His pro-activeness will be triggered by his team’s ability to be positive and fight.

 

Key players

 

Sachin Tendulkar will have a very weak start. The Three of Swords is the card for heart break, which in his situation will come from not sticking to his plans. He will need to be watchful in his initial phase, after which the Page of Pentacles does grace him with a steady batting display.

 

Rohit Sharma is looking to wisely and quietly accumulate runs before he takes his batting to the next level. The Nine of Pentacles and Queen of Wands encourages this well-directed aggression. Rohit will have a good day.

 

Ambati Rayudu will have a weak start. He will play himself into the innings and increase his strike rate. Overall, it will be a positive day for him.

 

Like the Six of Swords, Kieron Pollard will look to steer the team’s innings through a well thought out plan. He will feel the weight of responsibility.

 

Lasith Malinga will start off a little expensive, but his experimentation will pay off. Like the Page of Wands, he will be steady and wise. A good day for him.

 

Munaf Patel will have a temperamental day. Like the Star, he will start off well, but then dip with the Three of Swords only to pick himself up again to end strongly.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

 

The team management is looking nervous, whereas the players are like the Temperance – trying to create balance realising that they will require better application and focus. Their belief, reflected from the Judgement card shows that they know they deserve to win and are looking to make amends. They will be quite dangerous as they won’t look to give up the fight.

 

Gautam Gambhir will start off very strongly with the bat, but with the Five of Pentacles, he will find it difficult to maintain his initial strike rate. He will look to play his innings for the team, even if it means holding on to one end of the strike by not taking risks. As a captain he is looking shaky in implementing his ideas. The Three of Wands does show a dip in his confidence, despite the opportunities arising.

 

Key players

 

Brendon McCullum will build strong foundations for the team’s innings by scoring at a brisk pace. He will look to maintain this, but with the Nine of Swords showing up, it may just be too much for him to manage.

 

Jacques Kallis will have a wayward start. He will look to take risks in his batting, so that he can get out of his awkward phase.

 

Yusuf Pathan will show moments of promise, as reflected by the Magician, but unfortunately, this will fizzle out. He will need to improve his focus as advised by the Five of Swords.

 

Manoj Tiwary is looking very promising. He like the Seven of Wands is looking strong and will be part of an important partnership. Tiwary will enjoy a good day.

 

Sunil Narine will be steady but could uncharacteristically go for runs. He will need to be careful of being overly eager, as this can undo a decent performance.

 

Lakshmipathy Balaji will have an unstable start, but he will pull himself together and direct his bowling towards good results. 

 

Who holds advantage?

 

Mumbai Indians. 

 

(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 FacebookTwitter and her website)