Mumbai Indians clear favourites to win IPL 2017, Sanjay Bangar tells India Today

first_imgIPL 2017 is at its closing stages and unless Kings XI Punjab continue their resurgence and win their remaining two matches, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiant and Sunrisers Hyderabad will reach the playoffs.Sanjay Bangar, India’s batting coach and former coach of KXIP, predicts Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians to go the distance.”Predictions are always difficult in the T20 format because it (the game) changes so quickly. But the teams sitting at the top of the table have a very good chance. At the moment I see Mumbai Indians to be the clear favourites,” he told India Today.A striking feature of Mumbai Indians’ success has been their ability to reach the top of the table despite none of their batsmen even remotely challenging David Warner for the Orange Cap. Only two of their bowlers are in a race for the Purple Cap. Bangar said MI highlighted the importance of solid team performances instead of individual blitz.”It’s not necessary that everything has to be done by one person. You saw with other teams which relied too much on one individual to perform. It’s not possible because it’s a team sport and contribution must come from every player whether he bats or bowls. Whether he bats in the first six or bats 10 balls in the last few overs. A team like Mumbai Indians has had lot of contributors. That’s why they are at the top,” he said.Bangar believes teams like Gujarat Lions and his former franchise Kings X1 Punjab have not done too well because they had to rely only on Indian bowling resources. “I believe most teams who have played with overseas batsmen and only Indian bowlers have struggled a bit. Gujarat and Kings X1 are a case in point. But Kings X1’s Indian bowling has been better and their foreign batsmen unlike previous seasons have performed. So they are still in with a chance,” he said.advertisementBut the most consistent sides, according to Bangar, have been the ones with a settled core. “Teams like KKR and Mumbai were smart at the auction table and because they had a good start they kept on playing the same players so it always helped,” he said.last_img

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