IPL 2022 – Best Gujarat Titans XI to play against the Lucknow Super Giants

Gujarat Titans (GT), one of the newcomers to the Indian Premier League (IPL), will face Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their inaugural match on March 28 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium (Monday). Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra have been hired as coaches by the Ahmedabad-based team. The Titans, led by Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, are anticipated to challenge the other clubs in the 2019 season.

Prior to the super auction, the franchise drafted Shubman Gill (INR 8 crores), Hardik Pandya (INR 15 crores), and Rashid Khan (INR 15 crores). GT secured the services of two of the game’s leading pacers — Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson. The new organization has also incorporated several talented domestic players, and it will be intriguing to see how Pandya leads the team.

In this article, we are going to summarise the best playing XI that the Gujarat Titans can field against the Lucknow Super Giants.

 

Shubman Gill and Gurkeerat Singh can set the innings as openers

 

Shubhman Gill, a talented batsman, was signed by the club ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, and the batter will undoubtedly be the side’s first option opener. The 22-year-old is a dynamic player who can take any shot. The right-handed batter will be critical, especially with the field restrictions in place. Regarding his IPL statistics, Gill has amassed 1417 runs in 58 matches at a respectable average of 31.49.

 

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Gurkeerat Singh is a reliable batter who cost the Gujarat Titans a modest INR 50 lakh. The 31-year-old has competed in the tournament for multiple franchises and has a wealth of expertise. The 31-year-old has appeared in 41 IPL matches, scoring 511 runs. He averages 21.29 minutes per game and has a strike rate of 121.09.

 

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Matthew Wade, Vijay Shankar, David Miller can set up the middle order and add stability to the squad

 

Matthew Wade, the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, was purchased for INR 2.4 crore in the last moments of the mega auction. The left-handed batsman last appeared in the Indian Premier League in 2011, when he was a member of the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). Wade was called up for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after playing a key role for his country in the event. It’ll be intriguing to see how the new franchise’s senior batter performs.

 

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GT purchased Vijay Shankar for INR 1.4 crore. Since IPL 2014, the 31-year-old has appeared in 47 IPL games with various franchises. In the IPL, the Indian all-rounder had a strike rate of 126.24 and an average of 26.37 runs. He also has nine wickets to his credit.

 

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David Miller, the South African batter, is one of the game’s hardest hitters. So far, the 32-year-old has appeared in 89 IPL matches, scoring 1974 runs at a respectable 32.9 average. The left-handed hitter has a 136.51 strike rate and had a century in the competition against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

 

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Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan cap off the all-rounder department

 

Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat Titans’ all-rounder and captain has a lot of pressure on his shoulders to ensure his team has a successful season. It’s worth noting that this will be his first time in charge. During the IPL 2019, Hardik was at his best. In 15 innings, the right-handed batter racked up 402 runs on a 44.66 average and an astounding strike rate of 191.42.

 

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In the blockbuster auction, all-rounder Rahul Tewatia was purchased by GT for a hefty INR 9 crore. To get his services, the franchise had to compete with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The 28-year-old has appeared in 48 IPL matches, scoring 521 runs. In addition, the leg-spinner has 32 wickets at an economy rate of 7.71.

 

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Rashid Khan, an Afghanistan player, was signed by the Gujarat Titans for INR 15 crore before the big auction. The 23-year-old is a world-class player who will be crucial to his team’s success this season. He has taken 93 wickets and scored 222 runs at a strike rate of 137.04 in 76 IPL games.

 

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Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, and R Sai Kishore will scalp those wickets

 

Mohammed Shami, an Indian pacer, was purchased from the marquee set by Gujarat Titans for INR 6.25 crore. With the new cherry, the senior pacer can routinely bowl yorkers in the death overs and seams the ball both ways. Shami has appeared in 77 IPL games, taking 79 wickets at an average of 8.63 runs per over.

 

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Lockie Ferguson, a New Zealand express pacer, was purchased by the Gujarat Titans for a whopping INR 10 crore at the super auction. At the moment, the right-arm pacer is one of the fastest bowlers in the world of cricket. He has a constant top speed of 150 km/h. Since his IPL debut in 2017, the right-arm bowler has appeared in 22 games.

 

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R Sai Kishore, a Tamil Nadu spinner, was purchased by the franchise for INR 3 crore. The new cherry gives the left-arm spinner the option to bowl as well. For a long time, Kishore has been a reliable performer on the domestic circuit. In 38 T20s thus far, the bowler has an economy rate of 5.46, and he can also take wickets.