It isn’t new for cricket experts to predict a winning team before a tournament starts. However, things get really hot when the prediction is about the winner of IPL. And it sizzles when the prediction comes from Sunil Gavaskar. Last year, the legendary cricketer had predicted Mumbai Indians to win IPL 2020, and it did. Now we need to wait and watch if his big prediction about IPL 2021 winner is going to be true once again.
In September 2020 Sunil Gavaskar had said, “Mumbai Indians have won the IPL 4 times which means that they know how to come out of difficult situations. That is why I feel MI shouldn’t find it too difficult to win the championship again this year,” Well, as we all know, he was bang on right.
Which team is predicted by Sunil Gavaskar as the IPL 2021 winner?
I’d say it isn’t a surprise, the former cricketer is putting all his money once again on Mumbai Indians (MI). He has been very consistent with his opinion about Mumbai Indians and he has his reasons.
Key reasons for the prediction
Veterans like Sunil Gavaskar don’t predict on a hunch, they have insights and they can see the broad picture much better than others. So here’s why he thinks that MI has a better chance of winning IPL 2021 than others.
Pressure handling capability
As per Gavaskar, teams that have played the finals before will have an advantage over the others. The pressure in the knockouts and final is at a completely different level as compared to the league stage. Hence, those teams who can play well under pressure are better suited to claim the title.
Current Form of the players
He also opined that many of the MI players have performed extremely well during the recent India-England limited over series. In a recent interview he said
Mumbai Indians will be hard to beat. We have just seen their players coming to form. Ishan Kishan, Suryakunar Yadav – the way they have batted. Hardik Pandya – the way he has come todaySunil Gavaskar
Gavaskar also retains his opinion, from 2020, that Mumbai Indians have a great track record of winning the title. MI is the most successful team in the IPL, winning 5 times out of the 12 seasons of IPL. That, according to the batting great, is the testimony of excellence.
The captain factor
Gavaskar has, time and again reposed his faith in Rohit Sharma as a captain, to lead the team to yet another victory. This time again he’s betting on Rohit’s captaincy and his ability to channelize the fresh blood in the team.
So there it is Sunil Gavaskar’s big prediction about IPL 2021 winner. Is it going to be true like IPL 2020? Is CSK going to bounce back or will DC be giving a tough fight to MI this year? Time holds the key to all these answers but you sure can’t ignore what legendary Sunil Gavaskar predicts.
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