When Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians take the field here on Wednesday, all eyes will be on Sreesanth and Harbhajan Singh.
The Royals pacer recently took to Twitter to lambast the off-spinner for the ‘ slap-gate’ incident back in 2008, going to the extent of calling him a ‘ backstabber’. That will add needle to the contest between two teams which have begun well with three victories each in four games.
The two teams, though, are poles apart in terms of philosophy. The low-key Royals have always relied on team effort from a collection of young Indian players, while Mumbai’s star quotient gives them the freedom to depend on individual brilliance.
Even when the fearsome opening combination of Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar has been breached, Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma in the middle-order have been in great form.
But if the pitch for Rajasthan’s first two home matches is any indicator, scoring will not be easy. The Royals have prepared pitches that have some bite for fast bowlers.
Their four-pronged pace attack of Sreesanth, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper and Siddharth Trivedi was menacing against Punjab on Sunday.
And with technically sound batsmen like Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane on their side, Rajasthan may just pull off an upset.