The clock has started ticking for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to begin.Ahead of one of the most difficult tournaments, legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has predicted the winning team for this year.
Gavaskar gives his opinion that the four-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will not face many difficulties in defending the winning title in the UAE.
Declaring MI as his firm favorite, the former Indian skipper said that the Rohit Sharma-led team should be successful in bringing home their fifth title with the kind of squad they have at their disposal.
The batting legend told India Today that he feels Mumbai Indians have been through numerous odds in the IPL so far.Gavaskar believes that MI has played five finals and has capped four out of them and hence they know how to handle the pressure well.
The batting great stated there is a dearth of class spinners in the MI team with Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya as the two most dependable choices. The former Indian captain claimed that the middle-order and no.4 spots of the batting, to be precise, can ascertain as a challenge for the defending champions.