Mumbai will have unfair home advantage
Shane Warne believes that if the Mumbai Indians make the semi-finals of the IPL, they will get unfair home advantage going into the final phase of the tournament.
"It's likely that Jaipur, Mohali and Chennai will be the top three teams. Now even if Mumbai sneak into the semis as the fourth team, they will get all the home support," Warne said, venting his ire at the scheduling of the tournament. "I believe the top two teams of the tournament should have been allowed to host the semifinals," the Aussie legend said.
There's reason enough for him to be worried as one of Jaipur's two defeats came at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Warne is a touch worried about the scheduling of his side's final few games. "If we reach the final, we'll end up playing five games in a space of nine days. It's not at all easy," he said.
That's precisely the reason why he has plans of resting some of his top players in the game against Chennai. "With such a demanding schedule, you're left with no other option but to rest some players... Thankfully, we're already in the semifinals." There's another reason behind it, as Chennai may well turn out to be their semi-final opponents.
"We want to have a few aces up our sleeves when we play the semis...We won't reveal everything in this game," he said, indicating that some of the bench players will get the chance to show their skills. How does he define his role as the mentor of the team? "It's really good to work with these boys. It's good to see them doing well and it's always a challenge to coach budding cricketers.
Basically, you don't need a coach for an international team," Warne said, clearly making a jibe at John Buchanan, with whom he had shared a tumultuous relationship during his playing days.
Warne is also impressed with the young spinners of India. "Anil Kumble is surely one of the greatest leg-spinners the game has ever seen. But you guys are lucky to have Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla waiting in the wings," he said.