Trent Boult’s inclusion, Suresh Raina’s absence gives edge to Mumbai Indians vs CSK: Gautam Gambhir

By: PTI | New Delhi |

September 16, 2020 8:52:37 pm

MI vs CSK on Saturday would be the first match of the IPL 2020 season. (Image supply: IPL)

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels New Zealand pacer Trent Boult types a formidable pair with Jasprit Bumrah, giving Mumbai Indians an edge over Chennai Super Kings on this IPL.

He additionally stated it is going to be a problem for CSK to cope with the MI tempo duo within the absence of Suresh Raina.

Boult was roped in by Mumbai Indians as a substitute for knowledgeable Sri Lankan seamer Lasith Malinga, who had opted out of the thirteenth IPL due to private causes.

With Mumbai Indians taking over Chennai Super Kings within the event opener on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, Gambhir stated he’s ready to see how Boult and Bumrah go about their enterprise.

“I am really excited to watch how Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah will bowl with the new ball, because we all know Bumrah and Boult are world class bowlers, and in the T20 format both are wicket-taking options,” Gambhir stated on Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’.

“A left-arm seamer, who will bring the ball inside for a right hand batsman while Jasprit Bumrah believes in an unorthodox style of bowling.”

An important cog in CSK’s wheel, Raina had pulled out of the IPL due to “personal reasons” and Gambhir feels it is going to be a problem for CSK with out him at quantity 3.

“There will be a challenge for Chennai Super Kings considering they do not have Suresh Raina batting at No. 3. Shane Watson has not played international cricket for a long time, so we would want to know who will open with him and how will these batsmen face these bowlers,” the previous Kolkata Knight Riders skipper stated.

Gambhir, a two-time IPL-winning skipper, believes four-time champions Mumbai Indians might be favourites in opposition to Chennai contemplating the general workforce steadiness and depth after the addition of Boult.

“I am skewed more towards Mumbai Indians for the opening match because if we notice the team balance and the depth of the squad while not forgetting the addition of Trent Boult in the squad can prove to be an excellent option,” he stated.

“Every team wants a bowler who will take wickets with a new ball and use Jasprit Bumrah in an experimental way. I would want to see how these two bowlers perform with the new ball not only in the first match but throughout the tournament.”

Former India batsman and ex batting coach Sanjay Bangar stated it is going to be fascinating to see how CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni manages the fielding positions of the senior gamers within the workforce.

“MSD as a captain, I know has a lot of experience, he has other experienced players as well, but how will he adjust these experienced players on field is what I am eager to watch,” he stated.

“I don’t assume there might be any challenges in batting or bowling with respect to these skilled gamers. Considering T20 format relies on athleticism and fielding performs a significant position, how will he handle his senior gamers putting them on the sphere. I feel this would be the most difficult half as a captain for him.

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