Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has not stopped heaping praises on Mumbai Indians, who stormed to their fifth title in IPL 2020. Mumbai Indians beat the Delhi Capitals in the final by five wickets in Dubai to become the champions for the second successive time. The former Indian opener reckons that the franchise enjoyed a nearly perfect season this year.
Mumbai Indians, who entered IPL 2020 as the defending champions, became only the second team in history to retain their title – the first being Chennai Super Kings. Their key players stepped up in almost every match and even in the absence of Rohit Sharma, never did the team looked weak or unfazed. They beat nearly every opposition comprehensively and defeated the Capitals four times in the tournament, including the finals.
Aakash Chopra underlined that Mumbai Indians enjoyed the perfect season any team could and that it’s impossible to have it better than a ruthlessly competitive tournament like IPL. The 43-year old believes that a team could emerge victorious in all their fixtures in the Caribbean Premier League but not in IPL.
“This is the perfect season a team could ever have. It is impossible to have a season better than this in a league like the IPL. It might happen in the CPL where you win all the matches but that does not happen in the IPL,” Aakash told in his Youtube Channel.
Aakash further said that Mumbai Indians might not have started their campaign on a winning note but decimated oppositions once began winning. It left a massive difference between them and the other teams.
“Their season was good right from the beginning. They may have lost their first match to CSK but once they started winning, they almost hammered everyone. There was a significant difference between the Mumbai Indians and the rest of the teams,” the 43-year old observed.
Aakash Chopra talks about Mumbai Indians’ batting depth:
The cricketer-turned-commentator added that Quinton De Kock was as excellent in the opening spot and Ishan Kishan did a fine job when Rohit Sharma missed a few games. He mentioned that Mumbai Indians also used Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to significant effect, gaining full advantage of their depth.
“Quinton de Kock gave them an explosive start as an opener. When Rohit was there, he was good at the top of the order otherwise Ishan Kishan did a good job. They have great depth in their batting and we are not even saying this time that they gave less batting to Pollard and Hardik Pandya,” he added.