Kevin Pietersen Said CSK Have Great Chance to Win IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians cannot afford their familiar slow start in the second half of IPL 2021, starting September 19, says former England captain Kevin Pietersen and Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings have a poor 2020 season. After that there is a great chance to win the title.
Pietersen wrote in his blog at ‘betway.com’, “Everyone would expect the defending champions of the tournament Mumbai Indians to do well. But they don’t have a history of being on top from the start. They lose a few matches first and then Come back after doing well at the end of the tournament. But now we are already at the end of the tournament. Mumbai team can’t afford to lose three or four matches because then there will be very little time to come back.”
Pietersen further said, “If they (Mumbai Indians) want to defend their title, then they have to apply pressure from the first ball itself. It is clear that given their talents, they are capable of doing that too.”
The team of Chennai Super Kings is also called ‘Dad’s Army’ as most of the players in the team have crossed the age of 30 and they had a bad season in 2020 with the team finishing jointly at the bottom. But Pietersen feels that Dhoni’s team can rock this time.
He wrote, “Everyone considered the ‘Old Boys Army’ of Chennai Super Kings as a failure even before the start of the IPL in April. So it was a bit surprising to see them doing well. Their foreign player Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali and Sam Curran have done well. But don’t know how these four months would have affected them. They may take some time to come back to form. Especially the older players.”
Pietersen said, “If they are ready then these few weeks will be historic for the franchise. They have a great chance to win the title which everyone thought was out of their reach.”