The IPL 2020 opening match will be played between MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and four times trophy holder Mumbai Indians (MI). The final of IPL 2019 was also played between these two teams and Chennai lost by one run. Both of these teams are considered to be very strong and successful in this league. In such a case, there is no doubt that this league will start with a very exciting match. It will be really fun to see these two teams locking horns in the very first match of IPL 2020.
Now former KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir believes that Mumbai Indians will have a heavy upper hand in the match against Chennai. Explaining further, Gambhir also said that what makes MI really strong is their strong pace battery where premier Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah and New Zealand pace sensation Trent Boult are expected to share the new ball.
During a TV show, Gambhir said that for Mumbai, both Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult will bowl together. It will be difficult to face both of them. This will be a big challenge for CSK, especially when number three batsman Suresh Raina is not present in the team.
I feel the Mumbai Indians have the upper hand: Gautam Gambhir
“I feel the Mumbai Indians have the upper hand if you see the balance and depth of the squad. They have also added Trent Boult to their squad, who will give them a very good option. Because you want a bowler who can give you wickets with the new ball so that you can use Jasprit Bumrah in a different manner”, said Gambhir while interacting on Star Sports “Cricket Connected”.
“So I will want to watch how these two perform, not only in the first match but in the entire tournament”, former KKR captain added.
Gambhir also mentioned the drawbacks of CSK and said that this team’s opener batsman Shane Watson has been away from cricket for a long time and he has come to play IPL. In such a situation, it will be interesting to see how he will face Boult and Bumrah. At the same time, it has to be seen who starts the innings with Shane for CSK. He clearly stated that Mumbai Indians will have the upper hand.
“It will be a huge challenge for Chennai Super Kings as they don’t have Suresh Raina at No.3, plus Shane Watson does not play much international cricket and has not played cricket for a long time, so how he plays against Bumrah and Trent Boult. We will also have to see with whom he would be opening the batting.
“I feel the Mumbai Indians have the upper hand if you see the balance and depth of the squad. They have also added Trent Boult to their squad, who will give them a very good option,” he added.
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings will open against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.