Former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that the presence of New Zealand fast bowlers Trent Bolt and Jaspreet Bumrah will give the Mumbai Super Indians the upper hand in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gambhir said that without Suresh Raina, it would be a challenge for Chennai to face these two fast bowlers.
Mumbai have replaced Bolt with their team in place of Sri Lankan fast bowler Lesith Malinga. Malinga withdrew from the 13th IPL for personal reasons. The first match will be between Mumbai and Chennai on Saturday and Gambhir said he is looking forward to seeing the bowling of the Bolt and Bumrah duo.
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“I’m looking forward to seeing how Trent Bolt and Jaspreet Bumrah bowl with the new ball,” Gambhir told Star Sports’ cricket connection. We all know that Bumrah and Bolt are world class bowlers and are adept at taking two wickets in T20 format. “He is this left-arm fast bowler who has brought the ball for right-handed batsmen, and Bumrah has a different style of bowling.”
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Chennai key player Raina has dropped out of the IPL for personal reasons and Gambhir believes CSK will be the number three challenge without him. “Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina will not be able to bat at number three and it will be a challenge for them.” Shane Watson hasn’t played international cricket in a long time, so it remains to be seen who will start batting with him and how they will face these two fast bowlers. “