India’s veteran spinner Ravi Ashwin, who will play for Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL 2021, named Mumbai Indians as the team to beat.
Though Ashwin has said that every IPL team is strong and will give a tough competition, he believes that Mumbai Indians have a more powerful and experienced squad rather than others.
“Every team is strong, and I am not making a diplomatic statement. But I definitely think Mumbai has got a powerful and experienced squad. Mumbai will always start as favorites in this competition. I think Mumbai is the team to beat,” Ravi Ashwin told the New Indian Express.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League was played in the United Arab Emirates which saw the Delhi Capitals reaching the final for the very first time in the history of the cash-rich T20 league. However, they failed to win their maiden IPL trophy as Mumbai Indians won another title.
Last year, our batting did not come well together: Ravi Ashwin
However, one of the major reasons behind their losing the finals was their batting line-up which failed to step up.
When he was asked about Delhi’s chances of winning IPL 2020, the veteran off-spinner said that they have a fair chance as the batsmen, especially Rishabh Pant, has been in a sublime form this year. Notably, Rishabh Pant will lead the side as the regular skipper Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the entire tournament after dislocating his shoulder during the 1st ODI between India and England.
“Good (On DC’s chances), well-balanced one. Last year, our batting did not come well together. It was understandable due to lockdown and all that. But this year, in the kind of form in which Rishabh is, definitely that (team’s batting) also will get sorted out,” he further added.
“We have a good chance. But if you see the last few years, it is not always about the top two or three sides. Every team picks players judiciously and has good balance and options. The IPL is in a new caravan model, so conditions also will play a part,” Ravi Ashwin concluded.