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IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 – The BEST Gujarat Titans Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals

The IPL 2022 league stage has concluded. In the playoffs, the Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow Super Giants, and Royal Challengers Bangalore will compete for the coveted IPL trophy. Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals will have two chances to make the finals after finishing first and second in the points standings, respectively.

On May 24, Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans will face Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1. (Tuesday). The winner advances directly to the final, while the loser will compete in Qualifier 2 against the winner of the Eliminator (LSG vs RCB). Hardik Pandya will be hoping that their loss to RCB was merely a blip and that they can now secure their place in the finals. The Titans will not make any changes to the starting lineup that has performed admirably this season.

Let’s take a look at the BEST Gujarat Titans Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals.

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Wriddhiman Saha and Shubman Gill open the innings

 

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In IPL 2022, Wriddhiman Saha reinvented himself. The opener has been given permission to free his arms, which he has acknowledged. In the powerplay, the wicketkeeper-batter has been quite harsh on the bowlers, since he is fearless against pace bowling. The Bengal batsman has 312 runs in nine innings thus far and is on track to exceed his career-best mark of 362 runs in an IPL season, which he set in 2014.

The Gujarat Titans will like Shubman Gill to rekindle the form he displayed earlier in the season. The exquisite opener has been guilty of several wayward shots in recent games and would like to regain his concentration on the pitch. Unlike Saha, Gill has been cautious in the powerplay and has relied on his maneuvering abilities rather than his power striking.

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David Miller, Hardik Pandya, and Matthew Wade strengthen the middle order

 

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Matthew Wade has failed to make an impression in his long-awaited return to the IPL. The Australian made headlines, although for the wrong reasons, after the match referee admonished him for his reaction after being disqualified against RCB. Gujarat’s management is well aware of the southpaw’s ability to influence the game in important situations and will rely on the experienced hitter to do so.

The captain of the squad leads from the front, and Hardik Pandya has done just that this season. Mumbai’s decision to release Pandya puzzled fans, but Gujarat Titans seized the opportunity with both hands, paying INR 15 crore for the all-rounder. By moving up the batting order, Pandya has added stability to the Titans’ middle order. This season, he has scored 413 runs, his highest productive output with the bat in an IPL season.

David Miller, one of the season’s steals, has looked his best after a couple of forgettable years in the event. This season, the South African has looked confident in the crease and has demonstrated his power-hitting ability. His 94* off 51 balls against defending champions CSK was one of the top IPL 2022 innings. The Titans will be hoping for more from the 32-year-old in the approaching pivotal games.

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Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan come in as the all-rounders

 

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It’s not over as long as Rahul Tewatia, the man who has made a practice of pulling off unbelievable heists with the bat, is at the crease. Despite not bowling as frequently this season, he has been a crucial member of the squad. He has 217 runs scored this season with a strike rate of more than 145.

Rashid Khan, the youngest bowler in IPL history to reach 100 wickets, is a phenomenon. The Afghan spinner holds the record for most T20I wickets in a single inning. The leggie has been a pain for batsmen for many years and will continue to be so in IPL 2022. He has 18 wickets in 14 games while averaging less than seven runs per over. Khan has also been effective with the bat, making some brilliant cameo appearances to help the Titans win in tight situations.

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Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, and Mohammed Shami form the bowling attack

 

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Sai Kishore, a TNPL product, is a tall left-arm orthodox spinner who is also adept with the bat. In 2019-20, he was the leading wicket-taker in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The tall spinner has only played three games in the IPL, but his ball control has been remarkable. When everyone else was getting hammered around the park, he only gave up 20 runs in four overs against RCB.

The Gujarat Titans will be hoping that Lockie Ferguson can finally produce this season. The speedster was purchased for INR 10 crore in the IPL 2022 auction but has underperformed this season. Ferguson was a standout for Kolkata last season, particularly with his late-game ball control. However, the Kiwi has been leaking runs at an alarming rate this season and has frequently been Gujarat’s weak link.

There has been a slew of good Indian left-arm pacers in the IPL 2022. One of the names is Yash Dayal. The 24-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance but has been costly in a few games. The left-arm fast has nine wickets in seven games this season, and the Titans will be hoping that he can up to the occasion.

Mohammed Shami has been one of the most consistent performers with the ball in recent years, falling just three wickets shy of his 100th wicket in the IPL. For the fourth year in a row, the pacer has taken 15 or more wickets. Shami’s talent with the new ball has paid dividends for the Titans, as he has one of the best seam presentations in the game. Shami has the joint-most powerplay wickets in IPL 2022, with 11 of his 18 coming in the first six overs.