The most experienced player of the Highveld Lions team, Neil McKenzie, delivered a veiled warning to Mumbai Indians, who they meet in the opening game of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 on Friday. McKenzie said his side has a few unknown weapons who could surprise the high-quality IPL 3 finalists.
McKenzie, who has played 54 Tests, 64 ODIs and two T20s for South Africa, refused to accept his team being labelled as the underdogs. “We have the home advantage but we don’t have too many big names. MI have a lot of them including Sachin Tendulkar who still seems like an 18-year-old with a great future ahead. No kidding, but MI have a lot many high quality players.
“I’m not getting into the debate as to who are the underdogs. Let’s leave it to the manager and coaches to fight for,” said the relaxed Johannesburg local, who also has a huge domestic experience.
The 34-year-old hopes that his team will surprise MI with the unknown entity of his players. “We’ve got a few weapons up our sleeve to unleash. We have a young side and in last domestic season we also had some injuries. We had to box, slave and play some smart cricket to find our way.
“To name a few, we have paceman Shane Burger, Jean Symes, who bowls left-arm spin, and we have left-arm fast bowler Cliff Deacon,” he said.