Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has picked a fairly protected Mumbai Indians Playing XI, the place he’s picked its skipper Rohit Sharma to open the innings together with Suryakumar Yadav, adopted by Quinton de Kock at 3. Gavaskar picked the younger wicketkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan to bat at No. 4, adopted by the likes of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandua at 4, 5 and 6.
Having chosen three quick bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Nathan Coulter-Nile, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is the line specialist spinner in his MI line-up.
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Four-time champions MI could begin as one of the strongest sides or favourites to win the IPL 2020, however as per Gavaskar, the team is grappling a pair of issues forward of their title defence. Gavaskar believes MI could wrestle in two departments, one of which is an absence of skilled spinners.
And rightly so. MI have Chahar as the solely specialist spinner, whereas all-rounder Pandya and Anukul Roy are greater than succesful of selecting up wickets. But on surfaces of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, which have historically assisted spin, simply how nicely MI manages their spinners shall be attention-grabbing to see.
“Yes, you can say that because they do not have the experienced spinners that other sides have,” Sunil Gavaskar informed Sports Tak.
Besides an absence of depth of their spin division, Gavaskar has raised issues over their middle-order. MI boasts a robust center order with the likes of Pollard, Yadav, the Pandya brothers and Ishan Kishan of their ranks, however what Gavaskar feels may trigger a bit of dilemma is deciding the positions they’re going to bat at.
“The other thing that can be a weakness is middle order. They will have to think who will bat at No.4 and No.5 position. If Quinton de Kock plays, then he will open with either Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav,” Gavaskar added.
“Ishan Kishan might come in at No.4, he can also open the innings. Kieron Pollard can come in at No.5. Maybe Hardik Pandya can be promoted to No.4. But if that doesn’t happen then who will play at No.4?”
Sunil Gavaskar’s MI Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult/Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.