IPL 2021: Kevin Pietersen mighty impressed by this IPL team, tips the franchise to IPL 2021 title in UAE; Check out – The IPL 2021 Phase 2 kicks off with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Both teams are currently in the playoffs spots and remain favourites for the title this season. While Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians won the title last season, MS Dhoni’s CSK finished a lowly seventh but bounced back in style, to go second in the standings much to Kevin Pietersen’s surprise.
Writing his Betway Insider column, the former England captain said that he was mightily impressed by MS Dhoni led CSK and backed them to lift the IPL trophy this season. Pietersen wrote, “Everybody wrote off the old boys’ army of CSK before the IPL started in April, so seeing them go so well was a bit of a surprise. But I’m not sure how well this four-month absence will have suited them. It could take them a little while to crank back into gear, particularly the older players. If they are ready, it could be historic few weeks for the franchise. They have a fantastic shot at winning a title that everybody thought was beyond them.”
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Should CSK lift the title, it will be their fourth title in IPL history, only behind Mumbai Indians’ tally of five. The Rohit Sharma led franchise are aiming to become the first team to win a hat-trick of titles, but Kevin Pietersen believes that they will have to shrug off their customary slow starts to march on. He wrote, “They tend to lose their first few games and then come good towards the end of the tournament. Well, we’re already towards the end of the tournament now. Mumbai can’t afford to lose three or four games before they start playing because there’s so little time to play catch-up. If they are to retain their crown, they must be on it from ball one. Clearly, with the talent they have in their side, they are capable of doing it.”