Jayasuriya the key spinner for Mumbai
Sachin Tendulkar is banking on veteran Sri Lankan player Sanath Jayasuriya to give the Mumbai Indians team a cutting edge in spin bowling in their Indian Premier League clash against Chennai Super Kings.
"In the last three games (which his team won) the seamers have done a terrific job. Sanath got important wickets in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (at the Eden Gardens). Sanath will be a key bowler for us tomorrow," said the champion batsman ahead of his first IPL tie.
Tendulkar, who missed the first seven matches of Mumbai Indians due to a groin injury, felt it has become clearer which are the sides to beat in remaining matches.
"There were some teams which started off well but fell off a bit midway and there are others who started badly and then have done well. It's all a question of momentum. We now know who are in contention for the semis. Those are the teams we have to beat," said Tendulkar.
He was referring to the lead position in the table occupied by Rajasthan Royals led by Shane Warne and Punjab King's XI captained by Yuvraj Singh who are strongly poised to reach the last four.
Tendulkar said though Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a very important player in the rival ranks, there were others too like S Badrinath and Albie Morkel and it was important not to focus on a single individual.
"There will be challenges. It's not only about Dhoni. There are other batsmen too. Badrinath has made some runs. And there are others like Albie Morkel. We don't take anyone lightly," he said.