The Indian Premier League is slated to get underway from 19th September 2020. The two finalists of last year, Chennai Super Kings will take on Mumbai Indians in the first match of IPL 2020. As far as their rivalry is concerned, Mumbai Indians far ahead of CSK. It will be interesting to see how the two teams fare against each other in the upcoming edition.
Former Indian player, Gautam Gambhir believes that the four-time champions will have an upper hand over CSK this year. During an interaction on the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’, Gautam Gambhir stated that Mumbai Indian have a great balance and depth in their squad in comparison to CSK.
“I feel the Mumbai Indians have the upper hand if you see the balance and depth of the squad.“
Gambhir observed that the addition of Trent Boult in the set-up could give rise to a lot of options for Rohit Sharma in the bowling department. Both
Bumrah and Boult are strike bowlers and thus can cause a great deal of damage to the opposition.
“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.”
CSK batting stalwart, Suresh Raina has pulled out of the tournament and Shane Watson doesn’t play cricket too often. Playing against the likes of Bumrah and Boult could pose some challenges for CSK, who already have a lot of puzzles to solve at the moment.
“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.”