IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar reveals Mumbai Indians’ weaknesses ahead of the tournament
The legendary opener has opened up on the Achilles Heels of the Rohit Sharma-led side.
Updated - Sep 17, 2020 3:56 pm
The much-awaited IPL 2020 is finally set to hit the floors from September 19th in the UAE, with the final being locked on November 10th. Defending champions Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, will be facing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the season-opener at Abu Dhabi.
The Mumbai franchise, which already has four IPL titles under its belt, will be aiming to add another trophy in their vitrine. Rohit is currently the most successful skipper in the history of the IPL, having led the Mumbai franchise to four titles. Considering their past record, MI are tagged as one of the favourites to lift the coveted trophy this year.
Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, however, has pointed out a few flaws in MI’s artillery. The legendary opener has opened up on the Achilles Heels of the Rohit Sharma-led side.
MI do not have experienced spinners: Sunil Gavaskar
According to Gavaskar, Mumbai Indians do not have experienced spinners in their arsenal, unlike the other teams. MI certainly have the likes of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya but they do not have ample international experience to their name. Jayant Yadav and Anukul Roy are their backups, who do not have much IPL experience either. Inexperienced spin force can lead to MI missing out on this year’s IPL trophy, according to Gavaskar.
“Yes, you can say that because they do not have experienced spinners that other sides have,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.
Gavaskar further also pointed out that their middle-order looks weak and they’ll have to assess the ones batting at number four and five. If Quinton de Kock opens the innings, Rohit Sharma or Suryakumar Yadav will likely partner him. That leaves the dilemma of who’ll bat at the No.4 position, according to Gavaskar.
“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. 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?” added the prolific veteran batsman.