Mumbai Indians (MI) mentor and batting great Sachin Tendulkar believes that the inclusions of the Australian duo Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile has further strengthened the already balanced side. Lynn was bought for his base price of INR 2 crore, while Coulter-Nile went for INR 8 crore after an intense bidding war with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) – MI’s opponent in the season’s first match.
“Chris Lynn, when it comes to those explosive starts, he is tremendous. Nathan Coulter-Nile swinging the ball upfront and then bowling those death overs and also chipping in with his bat. All in all, I think the balance is really nice. Of course, Mumbai Indians as a squad earlier was anyway good but it’s strengthened much more with these two inclusions,” Tendulkar said, according to MI’s official website.
Tendulkar also spoke highly of MI and CSK’s fanbase. The former India batsman said, “For any tournament to succeed, you need rivalries. Mumbai Indians as well as Chennai Super Kings, we have a very strong fanbase. Both are extremely competitive. There have been occasions where Mumbai Indians were pushed badly in a corner and we have been able to pull through and win that game and the same thing has also happened with Chennai Super Kings.”
Tendulkar played for MI between 2008 and 2013. In his last season for the franchise, MI won their first-ever IPL title and have gone on to win three more since.
Speaking of Lynn, the Australia batsman says that he is happy to bat anywhere the coach Mahela Jayawardene wants him to. “Rohit! What a world-class player, runs on the board on and off the field. What he has contributed to Mumbai is something special and Quinny has been outstanding with the gloves and the bat in hand. So, if I can whizz in my way somewhere and hopefully do a job, that’s awesome. At the end of the day happy to bat wherever it may be, top order, middle order, wherever Mahela sees me.”