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Mumbai Indians will have an advantage over Chennai Super Kings in the opening game: Gautam Gambhir

Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of IPL 2020 in what promises to be a cracker of a contest for fans across the globe. This would be the first time after a gap of five months that the fans would get to witness their favorite Indian cricketers in action and what better contest than the El Classico in T20 cricket to keep them excited to the core. 

With only a few days left for the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), former Indian cricketer and two-time IPL winning skipper Gautam Gambhir has spoken on the side likely to dominate in the first feud of the season. 

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Though the match could go out in either team’s favor even at the last moment, Gambhir backs the four-time champions as the favorites in comparison to Chennai Super Kings for the tournament opener on September 19. He felt that the duo of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah could play key roles for Rohit Sharma & Co versus the three-time IPL winners – CSK. 

“I am very excited to see how Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah will be bowling together with the new ball because Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult are world-class bowlers, and both of them are wicket-taking options in T20 cricket. A left-arm seamer who brings the ball in for right-handers and Jasprit Bumrah is unorthodox,” said Gautam Gambhir in the recent interaction in Star Sports Cricket Connected. 

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It will be a huge challenge for Chennai Super Kings: Gautam Gambhir

The 38-year-old Delhi born believes that the Men in Yellow will be missing the services of Suresh Raina; the most consistent player in the history of IPL and the leading run-getter for CSK. Raina, who bats at No 3, had returned back to India owing to personal reasons and even if the southpaw makes it back to the UAE, it is likely that he won’t be available for the opening encounter of IPL 2020 and perhaps even miss out on the 1st week of the cash-rich tournament. 


Taking into account the depth and balance offered by the Mumbai Indians, Gambhir backs them over MS Dhoni-led CSK for the opening encounter. 

“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” added Gambhir.

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V Shashank
A cricket aficionado who has been following the game since the historic Ashes 2013-14. "People throw stones at you, you turn them into milestones." - Sachin Tendulkar


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