Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has predicted the future of Mumbai Indians.
He said that Mumbai Indians (MI) are the favourites to win the Indian Premier League title once again this season as well. And, they are tough to beat, considering Mumbai are the two-time defending champions and they are a very strong team.
The team comprises heavyweight Indian and international players too. While their bowling unit is spearheaded by none other than India speedster Jasprit Bumrah and New Zealand’s fierce pacer Tent Boult, they have a power-packed batting attack too led by captain Rohit Sharma. Apart from them, they have young talents, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan etc. who both have recently made their debuts for India.
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“I think Mumbai Indians will be hard to beat. We have seen their players coming to form. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, the way they batted. Mumbai Indian players, who took part in this T20I series and ODI series [vs England], have shown they are in good form,” Gavaskar said while speaking on Star Sports.
Mumbai will also get the service of the all-rounder Hardik Pandya and his bowling, especially. The all-rounder had to undergo back surgery a couple of years ago and since then he had played only as a batsman, including the IPL 2020 in the UAE.
But he recently bowled 17 overs in the T20 International series against England at home that India won by India 3-2. He also bowled nine overs in the third and final ODI and played a crucial role in helping India clinch the series 2-1 as well.
“The way Hardik Pandya has come to the party not just for Mumbai Indians, it was important for Indian cricket to see him bowl nine overs. It means he is ready to play nine overs. It (the World Test Championship final) is going to be in June, there is still time for that but the way he has come back is very good for Mumbai and Indian cricket,” Gavaskar said about Mumbai Indians all-rounder.