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Playing On Slow & Low Tracks In Delhi and Chennai Will Not Bother Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel

Mumbai Indians will play their first nine games on the slow and low turning tracks in Delhi and Chennai and according to former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel the franchise with a good mix of young and experienced spinners in the squad are up for the challenge.

Playing On Slow & Low Tracks In Delhi and Chennai Will Not Bother Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel

Mumbai Indians – the defending champions and the most successful side in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history with 5 titles will kick off their campaign in the 2021 edition against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on the opening day of the coveted league on the 9th of April. With no home games this season owing to the restriction in the number of venues due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all the franchises will play all their matches at neutral venues.

Mumbai Indians will play their first nine games on the slow and low turning tracks in Delhi and Chennai and according to former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel the franchise with a good mix of young and experienced spinners in the squad are up for the challenge.

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Patel joined Mumbai Indians as a Talent Scout after his retirement from all forms of cricket. Speaking exclusively on the Star Sports’ show CRICKET CONNECTED, Patel stated – “I don’t think it is a disadvantage for Mumbai Indians, because, if you look at the Mumbai Indians squad last year, there was only one thing which everyone could notice – they didn’t have an experienced spinner. They have Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar, but they needed someone experienced, and that’s what Mumbai Indians did in this auction. They got Piyush Chawla, a very experienced campaigner in the IPL. He knows how to bowl on the Chennai wicket or on the slow and low wickets. So, I think Mumbai Indians have covered all the bases.”

“It depends on where they are playing so it won’t be a disadvantage. That’s what champions can do, even after winning a tournament they try to fill spots and that’s exactly what Mumbai Indians have done,” added Patel.

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Rahul Chahar was a revelation for the Mumbai Indians in the 2020 season. He returned with 15 wickets in as many matches at a strike rate of 21.2 and economy rate of 8.16. Though the franchise went on to lift the title they did feel the need of an experienced spinner on a few occasions in the tournament. The team made a great buy in the form of India international Piyush Chawla at the mini Auctions for IPL 2020. The leg spinner is the third-highest wicket-taker in the history of the IPL with 156 wickets in 163 bowling innings at a strike rate of 20.8. He has also been quite restrictive with an economy rate of 7.87.

Chawla was purchased by Mumbai Indians for a sum of INR 24000000 and brings with him the experience of having played a number of matches in both Chennai and Delhi. Chawla has played 7 T20Is for India between 2010 and 2012 and could be a handful with his variations on spinner friendly tracks in the national capital and Chennai.