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Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Photo by: Sandeep Shetty /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

A formidable Mumbai Indians will put their title on defense in IPL 2020. The Mumbai franchise led by Rohit Sharma has outplayed every other team in terms of IPL triumphs with four title to their name. Chennai Super Kings are just behind them as they have clinched the IPL title thrice under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.

The arch-rivals will cross swords in the IPL 2020 opener as the world awaits the season to get underway. Former KKR captain and India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that Mumbai Indians will have an edge over Chennai Super Kings due to the depth in their side. The Chennai franchise have also faced some major jolt after Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh pulled out of the tournament.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Credits – Twitter)

“I feel the Mumbai Indians have the upper hand if you see the balance and depth of the squad,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports Connected.

“They have also added Trent Boult to their squad, who will give them a very good option. Because you want a bowler who can give you wickets with the new ball so that you can use Jasprit Bumrah in a different manner.”

“So I will want to watch how these two perform, not only in the first match, but in the entire tournament.”

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Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni with his Mumbai Indians counterpart Rohit Sharma (Credits: Twitter)

IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament. Dream 11 have been named as the sponsor for the upcoming season of the tournament after VIVO pulled out.

All the franchise have arrived in UAE with some of the foreign players still to join the squad. Players from England and Australia will join their respective franchises once their ongoing three-match T20I series concludes.