Parthiv Patel, former India wicketkeeper-batsman says that Mumbai Indians will not be worried about playing their first few matches in Chennai and added that they have the players to do well on any wicket.
Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel believes that defending champions Mumbai Indians have the team that can play well on any surface and says that not playing at Wankhede won’t be much of an issue for them.
Parthiv Patel: From The Mumbai Indians’ Point Of View They Don’t Have To Tinker A Lot With Their Playing XI
The format for IPL 2021 this year is such that no team will have the ‘home advantage’ for the tournament. Mumbai Indians will start their campaign in Chennai against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. But Parthiv Patel believes that the Mumbai Indians unit is quite settled and added that the defending champions do not need to ‘tinker a lot with their playing XI’.
“I don’t think Mumbai Indians will be thinking of where they are playing next. All the teams would be thinking about where they are playing first and you know, try and get their best team forward, try and get their best XI on the path. If they are playing in Chennai, you might expect some spinner but from the Mumbai Indians’ point of view, I don’t think they have to tinker a lot with their playing XI,” Parthiv Patel told Star Sports.
The five-time champions were by far the best side in IPL 2020 and topped the group during the play-offs. They beat a good Delhi Capitals side comfortably in the final to take yet another IPL title. The nucleus of the team revolves around their skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard.
Parthiv Patel Hints At Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, And Krunal Pandya Chipping In With 4 Overs
Parthiv Patel also said that they have a settled bowling unit and added that it looks like all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be bowling for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.
“Hardik Pandya is bowling quite a bit now, almost bowling 4 overs, Pollard bowls his slower ones really well, which might be useful on a Chennai wicket. And obviously, Rahul Chahar had an outstanding IPL, a couple of outstanding IPLs and hence, he was picked for India. Krunal Pandya’s four overs, his form in domestic cricket, so I can go on and on about it,” Parthiv added.
Mumbai Indians has been the most successful side in the history of the Indian Premier League. The Rohit Sharma-led outfit has lifted the IPL title a record 5 times. Mumbai Indians saw three of their batsmen in the top 10 in terms of runs in IPL 2020.
The likes of keepers Ishan Kishan (516), Quinton De Kock (503), and batsman Suryakumar Yadav (480) were consistent with the bat to help the side. Jasprit Bumrah claimed 27 wickets at 14.96 to finish as 2nd leading wicket-taker behind Kagiso Rabada.
Ahead of IPL 2021 auction, Mumbai Indians had released seven players out of their squad in the likes of Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, and Mitchell McCleneghan.
Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile turned out to be Mumbai Indians’ biggest buy as he was brought back at INR 5 crores. Mumbai Indians also inducted New Zealand pacer, Adam Milne, into their team. The right-arm pacer was bought for INR 3.2 crores. Mumbai Indians also spent INR 20 lakh to buy Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar in their team and bought allrounder James Neesham for INR 50 lakh.