Sunil Gavaskar says defending champions Mumbai Indians will likely be ‘laborious to beat’ at this 12 months’s Indian Premier League.
Mahela Jayawardene’s aspect completed prime of the IPL group desk final 12 months earlier than beating Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on their method to profitable a second straight title.
Having gained 5 IPL titles total, Mumbai are thought-about the very best T20 franchise ever and will likely be try and turn out to be the primary staff in historical past to win three consecutive titles this 12 months.
The 2021 IPL runs from April 9 to Could 30 and Gavaskar believes Mumbai are nicely positioned to defend their title, particularly given the shape Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav confirmed throughout India’s latest T20 collection victory over England.
He instructed Star Sports activities: ‘I believe Mumbai Indians will likely be laborious to beat. We have now seen their gamers coming into kind lately.
‘Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, the way in which they batted [against England]. The Mumbai gamers who took half in these T20I and ODI collection have proven they’re in good kind.’
Mumbai Indians signed Sachin Tendulkar’s 21-year-old son, Arjun, on the final IPL public sale and head coach Jayawardene expects the teenager to ‘evolve’ on the franchise.
‘We’ve checked out it purely on a ability foundation,’ the Sri Lanka legend mentioned. ‘I imply, there’s going to be an enormous tag on his head due to Sachin.
‘However, fortunately, he’s a bowler, not a batsman. So I believe Sachin will likely be very proud if he may bowl like Arjun.
‘I believe it’s going to be a studying course of for Arjun. He simply began taking part in for Mumbai, and now the franchise. He’ll study the ropes; he’ll evolve.
‘He’s nonetheless younger. A really centered younger man. We have now to offer him time and hopefully not put a variety of stress on him both. Simply let him evolve and work his method up, and that’s what we’re there to assist him to do.’
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