Former India captain Sunil Gawaskar has said that the Indians of Mumbai (Michigan) are the favorites to win the Indian Premier League this season as well.
MI are two-time defensive champions and have a very strong team that includes Indian and international heavyweight players.
“I think the Mumbai Indians will be hard to win. We saw their players form. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, the way they would. The Mumbai Indians who took part in this T20I and ODI series [vs England], showed they are in good shape, “Gavascar said as he spoke on Star Sports.
An added bonus for them this season is comprehensive Hardik Pandyareturn to bowling. The right fighter made 17 overs in the T20 International series against England, which was won by India 3-2. He also cast a nine-over spell in the third and final ODI, which was economical and played a key role in helping India to sealed the series.
“The way Hardick Pandya came to the party not only for the Mumbai Indians, it was important for Indian cricket to see him with nine overs. That means he is ready to play nine overs. He (the World Test Final) will be in June, there is still time for that, but the way he came back is very good for Mumbai and Indian cricket, “Gavascar said.