Mumbai Indians are the most successful IPL club in the history.
MI holds the record for winning the IPL for a whopping four times. They also hold the record for the most number of IPL wins (107).
Indian cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar has now predicted the winners of IPL 2020. According to the legendary batsman, Mumbai Indians will be winning their 5th IPL title this year.
Gavaskar told India Today: “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,”
“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?”
“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,”
Sunil Gavaskar then went on to predict the playing XI for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020:
- 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
Gavaskar further added: “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.”.
Mumbai Indians are one of the strongest sides of IPL 2020 with a large number of big hitters. If Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah find form, they are definitely the favourites for winning IPL 2020.
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