Chennai: Mumbai Indians’ all-round skills will be tested to the limit when they open their Champions League Twenty20 campaign here on Saturday against defending champions Chennai Super Kings, mainly due to the absence of Sachin Tendulkar who has been ruled out for the whole tournament due to a toe injury.
With Mumbai aggressive to put together 7 fit Indian players in the 11, the tournament’s technical committee has permited them to field 5 foreign players. Although it remnants to be seen if it can fill the huge gap left by Tendulkar’s absence.
While his replacement Andrew Symonds is undeniably capable, the Australian hasn’t scripted any victory story thus far in the Indian Premier League. Another big amends for Mumbai will be the captainship, which has been handed over to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
On the other hand, the Super Kings have been on a roll with back-to-back IPL trophies, followed by the CLT20 silverware that they won in 2010. They won all their 7 home games in IPL-4, and all their 4 Group A encounters in CLT20 are scheduled to be played at home.
The possible squad of Chennai Super Kings: Anirudha Srikkanth, Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Subramaniam Badrinath, Suresh Raina, Doug Bollinger, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati, Suraj Randiv, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, Scott Styris, MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha
The possible squad of Mumbai Indians: Aiden Blizzard, Sarul Kanwar, Tirumalasetti Suman, Abu Nechim, Dilhara Fernando, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Yuzvendra Chahal, Andrew Symonds, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Rajagopal Sathish, Ambati Rayudu, Davy Jacobs.