West Indies batting great, Brian Lara has given a big statement about the defending champions Mumbai Indians.
He claimed that he was looking forward to seeing a team that could challenge the five-time IPL champions and the two-time defending champions Mumbai Indians in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Mumbai Indians beat the Delhi Capitals in the final of the 2020 edition of IPL as well.
While talking to Star Sports, the legend batsman has said that he wanted to see a franchise who could give a tough fight to Mumbai Indians this season. He praised the Rohit-Sharma led-side and said that it is not an easy task to overcome the most successful franchise in the history of the league.
“I am looking forward to a team to challenge Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians are of course a great little outfit and a great team. They have had their players for quite some time, so the stability is very good. So, I want to see one of the other teams to truly challenge them in this year’s 2021 IPL.”
“I am looking forward to a team to challenge Mumbai Indians” – Brian Lara
Lara also opened up on the dramatic collapse of the Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians where Mumbai posted 152 runs on a slow and spinner-friendly wicket in Chennai. KKR got off to a flying start with openers Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana who had provided a solid start with a 72-run stand for the first wicket in just under 9 overs.
However, Rahul Chahar’s leg-spin in the middle overs restricted KKR batsmen and apart from the openers, there was no other player to register a double-digit score as well and the team was eventually restricted to 142 for 7 and lost by 10 runs.
“This year there have been quite a few games. The tournament is not that old but to think of – KKR falling apart in their second game – to lose, after being in such a great position, it’s pretty disappointing,” said Lara about the game between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Lara again said that amongst the current generation, Darren Bravo had a similar batting stance and style as the legendary left-hander had.
“I would say Darren Bravo. When he is in form, he looks really good. So, yeah, from the same village. He is also family, so I can see why some of his shots resembled some of mine when I was playing,” he concluded.