The 13th season of Indian Premier League is all set to kick-off with a long time rivals Mumbai Indians coming face to face with Chennai Super Kings in the opening encounter. Last year, it was Rohit Sharma led MI that triumphed over MS Dhoni led CSK by just a run in the final to win the trophy. CSK will be keen to avenge the title loss and start the tournament on a positive foot.
Former Indian cricketer turned politician Gautam Gambhir is of the opinion that it will be Mumbai Indians who may have the upper hand going into the first game against CSK. In the latest episode of Star Sports Cricket Connected, Gambhir was asked about the latest chapter of CSK-MI rivalry.
“I am very excited to see how Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah will be bowling together with the new ball. Because Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult are world-class bowlers and both of them are wicket-taking options in T20 cricket. A left-arm seamer who brings the ball in for right-handers and Jasprit Bumrah who is unorthodox,” Gambhir said.
“It will be a huge challenge for Chennai Super Kings as they don’t have Suresh Raina at No.3, plus Shane Watson does not play much international cricket and has not played cricket for a long time, so how he plays against Bumrah and Trent Boult. We will also have to see with whom he would be opening the batting,” he further opined.
“I feel the Mumbai Indians have the upper hand if you see the balance and depth of the squad.” They have also added Trent Boult to their squad, who will give them a very good option,” Gambhir said.
“Because you want a bowler who can give you wickets with the new ball so that you can use Jasprit Bumrah in a different manner. So I will want to watch how these two perform, not only in the first match, but in the entire tournament,” Gambhir said.
The Mumbai based franchise will be looking to win their fifth IPL title when the tournament starts later this week. CSK, on the other hand, will be keen to forget about the pre-season and get things underway on the right note.