IPL 2022 Final – 3 Gambles that have paid off for the Gujarat Titans this season
Gujarat Titans have stunned everyone by reaching the final of the Indian Premier League in their debut season. The Gujarat-based franchise has secured the services of Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, and Rashid Khan prior to the auction. Hardik was also chosen as the franchise’s captain in the run-up to the event. Gujarat began the competition with a bang, winning back-to-back matches, and maintained that momentum throughout the season. They were the first team to qualify for the playoffs after winning 10 of 14 games and totaling 20 points. Hardik Pandya also led his team to the final by defeating the Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1.
Captain Hardik Pandya’s cooperation with head coach Gary Kirsten has worked wonders so far, with players heaping praise on the management. GT found itself in a number of sticky situations throughout the competition. However, numerous players, including David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, and R Sai Kishore, delivered outstanding efforts to assist GT to cross the finish line. The GT management made some startling decisions that paid off, and they are currently on the verge of winning this trophy in their inaugural IPL season.
Let’s take a look at 3 gambles that have paid off for the Gujarat Titans this season.
Number 1. Using Rashid Khan as an out and out all-rounder
Everyone was taken aback when SRH decided to part ways with Rashid Khan, who had been perhaps their finest player in recent seasons. GT seized the opportunity and utilized him as a designated all-rounder throughout the season.
Rashid’s bowling magic has continued this year, collecting 18 wickets in 15 matches so far. His kills came at a 6.73 economy and a strike rate of 19.94. GT also used his batting skills to make some key cameo appearances on various occasions.
He allowed 91 runs in eight innings while striking out 206.81 batters. His combination with Rahul Tewatia was the buzz of the town against his former team, SRH, as the tandem pulled off a high-scoring chase in the final over.
Number 2. Favoring Yash Dayal over Varun Aaron
Gujarat relied on another uncapped young Indian prospect, Yash Dayal, whose left-arm fast-medium bowling injected some venom into their lineup. After Varun Aaron failed to impress in the first few games, GT went for Dayal, who did not waste the opportunity.
He took ten wickets in eight matches, at an economy rate of 9.59. Despite his high economy, he came up with some key wickets in tight situations. His greatest performance came in his first encounter against RR when he took three wickets while allowing 40 runs in four overs.
Yash Dayal, like Sai Kishore, has given the variation in GT’s bowling assault and has come up with a surprise package for all opponents. His pace and bowling style attracted several analysts, and he is expected to play for India in the near future.
Number 3. Hardik Pandya coming in to bat at No.4
After many years with the Mumbai Indians, Hardik Pandya was finally named captain of the Gujarat Titans. As he recovered from an injury setback, all eyes were on him. Pandya has earned a reputation as a finisher, batting down in the order.
He settled in at number four this time, looking to anchor the innings rather than merely complete it. He has scored 453 runs in 14 innings, with an average of 45.3 and a strike rate of 132.84. His captaincy abilities were also lauded by the cricket community, as he handled stressful circumstances with much more poise.
When he participated in the tournament, he was also competing for the Orange Cap. However, the second half did not go as planned, and he was eliminated from the competition. In addition, he took five wickets in nine innings with an economy of 7.73.