IPL 2020: Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir, though, believes that it will be Mumbai Indians who may have the upper hand going into the first game against CSK.
Gautam Gambhir was asked what he expects from the new chapter in the rivalry between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. He responded that he is looking forward to watching Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult operating with the new ball for the Mumbai Indians, with both of them being strike bowlers in the shortest version of the game.
He said, “I am very excited to see how Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah will be bowling together with the new ball. Because JaspritBumrah and Trent Boult are world-class bowlers and both of them are wicket-taking options in T20 cricket. A left-arm spinner who brings the ball in for right-handers and JaspritBumrah who is unorthodox.”
“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.
“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 added.
The 13th season of Indian Premier League is all set to kick-off with 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.