After the staggering league-stage battles and the playoffs cross-overs, the judgement day of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is finally here. A lot of cricket experts would have predicted for this to happen eventually and it has come to reality for the fourth time in IPL history. Mumbai Indians (MI) are all set to lock horns with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad for the record fourth title later in the day. Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has revealed his opinion for the big finale of IPL 2019.
The winning team from this game will also become the most successful franchisee in the history of the IPL as both Mumbai and Chennai have won three titles each thus far. In the past three battles between these two teams earlier in this tournament, Mumbai have emerged victorious on all the three occasions by comprehensive margins.
Both these teams have achieved a whole lot of success in the history of the IPL- 6 IPL trophies and more than 200 wins in the shortest format. This is eighth time that the CSK team has reached the finals of the IPL, while Mumbai will be playing its fifth final battle.
It all goes irrelevant when the stakes are so high as either one of them might crumble to the pressure. Chennai might be less vulnerable to the extra pressure considering the experience factor, but Mumbai too have no dearth in that aspect. Hyderabad, which hosted the final back in 2017 between Rising Pune Supergiant and Mumbai Indians, is all set for this herculean clash and surely, the fans are up for a ripper.
Finals is a different animal altogether
While revealing his prediction for the finale in his latest column for The Times of India, Gavaskar wrote, “Mumbai will clearly start as the favourites having beaten Chennai and that too comfortably in their three meetings so far this season but the finals is a different animal altogether. It can get to the best and most experienced. The one that controls the adrenaline rush, the one that stays in the present, in the moment will prevail.”
“This is a battle between two IPL giants, a clash between a team Chennai that has been in 8 finals in 10 seasons and Mumbai who have been in three finals,” he added.