Former India player Gautam Gambhir has said that Mumbai Indians will have the advantage over Chennai Super Kings in this season of Indian Premier League as Mumbai will get the service of New Zealand speedster Trent Boult who will be there with Jasprit Bumrah in the pace department.

He further shared that it will be a challenge for Chennai in the absence of their vital cog Suresh Raina. On the other hand, Boult was added in the Mumbai Indians squad as a replacement for experienced Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga, who had pulled out of the league owing to personal reasons.

As the season begins with Mumbai Indians playing against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday in Abu Dhabi, Gambhir said that he is waiting to see how Boult and Bumrah trouble the opponent.

“I am really excited to watch how Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah will bowl with the new ball, because we all know Bumrah and Boult are world-class bowlers, and in the T20 format both are wicket-taking options,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

“A left-arm seamer, who will bring the ball inside for a right-hand batsman while Jasprit Bumrah believes in an unorthodox style of bowling,” he added.

Meanwhile, Raina had pulled out of the IPL due to personal reasons and former Kolkata Knight Riders captain feels that it will be a challenge for CSK without him at number 3.

“There will be a challenge for Chennai Super Kings considering they do not have Suresh Raina batting at No. 3. Shane Watson has not played international cricket for a long time, so we would want to know who will open with him and how will these batsmen face these bowlers,” he said.

The cash-rich league will begin with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi. The 53-day tournament will end on November 10.