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MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma with the IPL trophy (Credits: Twitter)

Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian cricketer, believes that the rivalry between four-time winners Mumbai Indians and the three-time champions, Chennai Super Kings, has played a huge role in the success of the cash-rich league.

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings will write another glorious chapter in their storied rivalry when they lock horns in what can truly be called the ‘El Clasico’ of cricket, in the opener of the 13th edition of the IPL on Saturday.

 Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Sachin Tendulkar
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Sachin Tendulkar, in a video posted by Mumbai Indians official Twitter handle, reckoned their extremely loyal fan base of both franchises and the teams’ ability to fight it out despite being pushed to the wall, is what makes the MI-CSK rivalry such a competitive one.

“For any tournament to succeed you need rivalries. Mumbai Indians, as well as Chennai Super Kings, have a very very strong fan base. Both are extremely competitive. There have been occasions where you know Mumbai Indians were pushed badly in a corner and we’ve been able to pull through and win that game and the same thing has happened also with Chennai Super Kings,” Sachin Tendulkar said.

“It makes that competition unpredictable and when there is an element of unpredictability people get glued to the television sets that is the beauty of any sport. But when it’s played at the highest level and so fiercely competitive people like to see that and this year also it’s not going to be any different,” he added.

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Sachin Tendulkar happy with the addition of Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the Mumbai Indians squad

Mumbai Indians picked the liked of Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile in the IPL auctions last year and Sachin thinks that the addition of these two has further bolstered the squad.

“Chris Lynn when it comes to those explosive starts, he is tremendous. Nathan Coulter-Nile swinging the ball upfront and then bowling those death overs also chipping in with his bat. All in all, I think the balance is really nice of course uh Mumbai Indians as a squad have always been good but it strengthened much more with these two inclusions,” Tendulkar said.

Talking about MI-CSK rivalry, the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians are on a three-match winning streak against the Men in Yellow. Can they continue with the run or will MSD’s men buck the trend? We’ll have all the answers on Saturday night.

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