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IPL 2022 – Analysing the Gujarat Titans ahead of the upcoming season

As the Indian Premier League enters its 15th season, the league has been enlarged from an eight-team format to a ten-team format. Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants have been introduced to the big T20 competition as new franchises. On February 13, the IPL mega auction finished, with all 10 clubs having finalised their squads for the upcoming 2022 season. However, prior to the mega auction, a player drafting allowed the two new clubs to assemble the nucleus of their squads.

For Rs 15 crore, the Gujarat Titans acquired Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya as their captain. Apart from Pandya, the Titans also recruited Rashid Khan, a former Sunrisers Hyderabad spinner, for Rs 15 crore, and Shubman Gill, a talented Indian batter, for Rs 7 crore.

The Gujarat Titans made several high-priced acquisitions at the auction table. Lockie Ferguson, a New Zealand fast bowler, was their most expensive acquisition, costing the Titans Rs 10 crore. Additionally, they invested extensively in Indian all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, paying Rs 9 million for him. Mohammed Shami became the Titan’s third-most expensive acquisition, having been acquired for Rs 6.25 crore.

Additionally, the Gujarat Titans signed experienced international players such as Matthew Wade, Jason Roy, David Miller, and Alzarri Joseph. Additionally, they will have the services of several seasoned players in the form of Wriddhiman Saha, Vijay Shankar, and Pradeep Sangwan.

Well Rounded bowling attack

Their squad’s strength is in the bowling section. The Titans have done an excellent job of assembling a well-balanced bowling team that features an ideal blend of domestic and international skill. Typically, every side in the competition plans to base their bowling assault on an India fast bowler. The Gujarat Titans have pretty well sealed that berth by bringing in Mohammad Shami. Shami had been outstanding for the Punjab Kings over the previous few of seasons, frequently picking up wickets early and also being frugal in the death.

 

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The most valuable of the franchise’s three draft picks prior to the auctions may be the mystery spinner from Afghanistan, Rashid Khan. Rashid, a leg-break bowler, is a seasoned T20 journeyman who has posed problems for batsmen from all over the world. In the IPL, his stats speak for themselves, and the bowler does not require endorsements. The Titans’ bowling lineup is completed by an out-and-out foreign fast bowler in Lockie Ferguson, who can bowl at speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, ensuring a very strong assault for the Titans.

Collapsible Middle Order

Gujarat Titans’ bowling setup is unquestionably excellent. However, the team’s batting can be a weakness. The team lead by Hardik Pandya looks to be lacking in terms of batsmanship. Jason Roy, the team’s established opener, is on hand. However, the Englishman has frequently revealed chinks in his armour when confronted with high-quality spin bowling. When the aggressive hitter plays in India, he is expected to come up against a slew of strong spinners who will pose various issues to him.

 

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The Titans have landed Hardik Pandya, possibly India’s most sought-after cricketer. However, considering Pandya’s recent form, this may be viewed as a gamble on the franchise’s part, with the hope that he rediscovers his mojo in due course. Additionally, the all-current rounder’s injury woes are another gear in the squad’s wheel that might wreck the team at any moment throughout the season.

Additionally, this franchise lacks experience in the middle order. While they boast David Miller, Matthew Wade, and Vijay Shankar, none of these players have lit up the IPL with their bats in recent seasons.

Being one of the new teams can be an advantage

To begin, their greatest opportunity may lay in the franchise’s uniqueness. Due to the fact that this is a brand-new squad, the different think tanks of the competing teams have little information regarding their methods or how they carry out their goals. While the majority of the squad has played in the IPL previously, there is no past data on them as a team that analysts might possibly exploit.

 

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On the other side, the Titans have a lot more extensive understanding of the other franchise’s plans, prior accomplishments, and statistics. Due to their absence from the league thus far, they may fly under the radar and do business with the lessened focus on them.

Additionally, because this would be the team’s first appearance, they would face fewer expectations than some of the more established clubs. The Titans may now enter the field without regard for previous performances, bringing a new type of cricket to the league and further enriching it. The IPL’s newcomers have the opportunity to enter the competition with a no-loss mentality, which is quite unique in such a difficult league.

Unproven Leadership and injury prone nature of Hardik Pandya can be a sinker

While the Titans’ lack of IPL experience provides novelty, it also carries the risk of them losing their way sooner than expected. The IPL is undoubtedly one of the most competitive T20 competitions in the world, with very little margin for mistake. Teams who have competed for 14 years have seen a variety of circumstances and developed their own distinct gaming and team culture.

 

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The Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, lack that and may struggle to adjust to the fast-paced event. A series of defeats and the squad risks collapsing. Due to the structure of the event, if a team falls behind, climbing back up the ladder becomes extremely tough.

Their greatest danger may come from an undiscovered skipper, Hardik Pandya. The former Mumbai Indians player has not ever captained an IPL team and will face seasoned campaigners like MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. Pandya’s decision-making in tense game scenarios leaves a lot more space for mistake. And, as has been seen before in the IPL, a few poor skipper decisions may have a significant influence on a team’s ability to win or lose games, therefore affecting their chances of capturing the coveted trophy.