Gujarat Titans can become IPL champion again
Pandya’s team’s strength increased after last season
New Delhi. The opening match of IPL 2023 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and defending champions Gujarat Titans. This time also Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans is a strong contender to win the title. The important player of the team has performed tremendously since the last IPL. At the same time, the new players who have been added by the team will also enter IPL 2023 after showing their strength in international cricket. This is the reason that this time also Gujarat seems ready to save its title.
Gujarat Titans do not have big names like Ben Stokes, Sam Karen. But, the team has specialists in the T20 format, who can rock this season as well. The strength of the team has increased three times since last season. We are saying this because Hardik’s experience as a captain has increased. In the last 1 year, he has also captained Team India. Secondly, the stature of Shubman Gill as a batsman has increased a lot in the last few months and how can Rashid Khan be forgotten. He has won the Pakistan Super League title with Lahore Qalandars this month. That means the preparation of Gujarat Titans to win the title is confirmed.
Hardik’s experience as captain increased
Hardik Pandya captained for the first time in the last IPL and made Gujarat Titans the champion in the debut season itself. Since then his game has only improved. He was also handed over the captaincy of the Indian T20 team. Under the leadership of Hardik, India defeated Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the domestic T20 series this year. So far he has captained in 11 T20s. Out of this India has won 8. Since becoming the captain, his bowling and batting have also improved a lot. He is bowling amazingly with the new ball. Now Hardik is making good use of inswing balls. In the last 12 months, Hardik has scored 718 runs in 33 International T20s as well as taken 27 wickets. That means he is hit and fit in every department.
Shubman Gill also increased Gujarat’s strength
In the last 1 year, if any Indian batsman has impressed the most with his game, then it is Shubman Gill. After scoring runs in ODIs, Gill has been successful in making his mark in International T20 as well. He made his T20 debut this year itself. Gill has played 6 T20s so far, scoring 202 runs at an average of 40. He has scored his first T20 century in 6 matches only.
Rashid Khan recently won the PSL
Rashid Khan is counted among the strong players of T20. He is a match winning player. He will enter IPL 2023 with good form. He has won the Pakistan Super League title 12 days back with Lahore Qalandars. He was the third highest wicket taker in the tournament. Rashid took 20 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 6.53.
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In such a situation, when the captain of the team is in form and two important players are also shining, then it is not a difficult task for Gujarat Titans to become IPL champion for the second time.
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Tags: Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya, IPL 2023, Rashid khan, Shubman Gill
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 30, 2023, 08:08 IST