Former Indian keeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has expressed his confidence at Mumbai Indians’ delivering another powerful performance in IPL 2021, despite not playing in their home venue. Mumbai Indians further cemented itself as the most successful franchise by winning their fifth IPL title in 2020 and became the second franchise to defend it. But Parthiv Patel has no doubts about their capabilities and backs them to do well wherever they play.
The BCCI has announced that IPL 2021 will be held across six venues, with none of the franchises playing on their home soil as all of them have to play at neutral venues. Mumbai Indians, who will open the tournament by playing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, have their league fixtures scheduled in Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. Rohit Sharma’s men retained their core squad ahead of the 14th edition while they purchased seven cricketers in the auction.
Parthiv Patel, who was part of Mumbai Indians’ two title-winning campaigns in 2015 and 2017 and is their talent scout, revealed that he has done plenty of scouting for the franchise. The retired cricketer underlined that the management does a lot of work behind the scenes; hence, it wouldn’t matter where they play.
“I have done a lot of scouting for MI. I know what kind of work we have put in, what kind of process the Mumbai Indians have put in. It will not matter as much where Mumbai Indians are playing,” Patel told Star Sports.
I think we have covered all the bases as far as the Mumbai Indians is concerned: Parthiv Patel
The Gujarat-born former cricketer opined that the only thing Mumbai Indians lacked was an experienced wrist-spinner, which they got in the form of Piyush Chawla. Piyush Chawla, who is the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL history, joined Mumbai Indians this year after being part of Chennai Super Kings in the 13th season. Hence, Parthiv believes that they have all their bases covered now.
“If there was any one thing which anyone would have talked about last year’s Mumbai Indians squad is the need of another experienced spinner, ideally a wrist-spinner, we have got that. This year we went in with the thought that it is just a one year tournament with the big auction coming up, we needed the most experienced wrist-spinner in the side and we got it. So, I think we have covered all the bases as far as the Mumbai Indians is concerned,” he added.