Who better to predict about the favorites of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) than Sunil Gavaskar. The legendary former Indian captain Gavaskar has predicted that Mumbai Indians is looking extremely competent and good to win the Indian Premier League TITLE no. 5 this year.
According to Gavaskar who will also be doing commentary for IPL 2020, Rohit Sharma’s team is looking so strong at this stage that it will be difficult for anyone else to stop them winning their 5th title.
In an interview to India Today, Gavaskar pointed out that the experience of playing in the finals and the talent that they have in their current squad will make them one of the teams to beat in IPL 2020.
“Mumbai Indians have won the IPL 4 times which means that they know how to come out of difficult situations. That is why I feel MI shouldn’t find it too difficult to win the championship again this year,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“As I said, experience is one of their biggest strengths. Secondly, the talent that they have in their squad and even the way they picked new players in the 2019 auction… They have applied their brains in picking the new players. It seems like they have everything in the squad, they have all bases covered which makes them a very good team for this season.
“What they don’t have are experienced spinners like other teams. And another area of concern is the middle order, they have to think hard about who will bat for them at No.4 and 5. If Quinton de Kock plays then he will open the innings with either Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav. But who will bat at No.4?
IPL 2020 : Sunil Gavaskar selects Mumbai Indians XI for opening against CSK
The big signing for the season Chris Lynn does not find place in the Gavaskar’s XI for the Mumbai Indians game against CSK. According to him, team should play Ishan Kishan in the opening game of IPL 2020.
“Ishan Kishan can be a good option at No.4 and he can open the batting as well. They can promote Hardik Pandya at No.4 because Kieron Pollard I believe will bat at No.5. But if they don’t do that then what options do they have? Maybe Shane Rutherford can do the job, he is a big-hitter. These two areas – spin attack and middle-order – can cause issues for MI,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar then went on to reveal his playing XI for Mumbai Indians: “Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult/Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah. I would open with Rohit for the first few games and if he doesn’t score then he can come down to No.3. The more number of overs he plays the better it will be for MI.
“What Mumbai Indians have are plenty of big-hitters like Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya. Pitches in the UAE are on the slower side and the grounds are bigger as well so I think teams should look to score 160-180 on an average in IPL 2020,” Gavaskar said.
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