IPL 6: Mumbai Indians strongest, RCB will miss Kumble: Vettori

Updated: 03 April 2013 15:51 IST

The New Zealand spinner, who handed over RCB captaincy to Virat Kohli last season, said his role this season would be to play as a senior member and contribute to the team's success.

Bangalore:

Royal Challengers Bangalore's Daniel Vettori said their opening match against Mumbai Indians on Thursday will give them a chance to assess where the team stands and what would be their course of action during the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League.

"Mumbai Indians are the strongest team around. It is a great opening game for us. It will be a real test of where we are at and how far we can go in this competition," said Vettori.

The New Zealand spinner, who handed over RCB captaincy to Virat Kohli last season, said his role this season would be to play as a senior member and contribute to the team's success.

"Hopefully, the senior guys like me, AB (de Villiers) and Chris Gayle can support him (Kohli)," said Vettori.

Heaping praise on Kohli, Vettori said the Indian batsman is incredibly committed, which is an outstanding quality to be a leader.

"He gives everything to the game. I think he is going to do a great job as captain."

Former India captain Anil Kumble joined the Mumbai Indians from RCB as a chief mentor. "Everyone has to move on and unfortunately he is not here this year with us," said Vettori.

Vettori also wished his fellow countryman Jesse Ryder a speedy recovery. "Everyone knows Jesse. Everyone wants to see him here (at the IPL). We all wish him a speedy recovery," said Vettori.

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