Akash Chopraa former Indian opener, wants the Gujarat Titans (GT) to field an extra bowler against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in case Hardik Pandya is unable to bowl due to injury.
On May 23, the two sides will meet at Chennai’s Chepauk. In their last three games, the defending champions used just five frontline bowlers, with Rahul Tewatia forced to meet Noor Ahmad’s quota against the SunRisers Hyderabad due to injury in Afghanistan.
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Aakash Chopra recommended Jayant Yadav as a potential sixth bowling option for the Gujarat Titans in a video preview of the match, saying: “Gujarat is playing with only five bowlers so far, which I think is not a great strategy, the last game and the Mumbai game. If Hardik isn’t going to bowl, you end up paying a lot for it. So he plays an additional bowling option. It could be Jayant Yadav.”
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Aakash Chopra, a former Indian opener, clarified that the Gujarat Titans, on the other hand, had a respectable bowling attack: “Mohammad Shami is doing very well. Yash Dayal is 50-50. He’s blowing hot, he’s blowing cold. It’s a bit difficult for Mohit Sharma if he bowls all his overs at death, after the 10th over, although he knows the conditions as he used to play for CSK before. Two quality spinners in Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad.”
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“Wriddhiman Saha will be crucial in this field” – Aakash Chopra
Wriddhiman Saha is noted for his combative style at the top of the order. Aakash Chopra anticipates that Wriddhiman Saha will have a significant role in batting for the Gujarat Titans, reasoning: “Shubman Gill will open with Wriddhiman Saha. Shubman Gill arrives after scoring two consecutive centuries. Wriddhiman Saha will be crucial in this field because if the ball spins, you will expect runs from Wriddhi”.
“Who’s coming to bat after that? They played Sai Sudharsan. I feel like they should have played it more, but they’re not playing it. They’ve gone to Vijay Shankar, who I don’t think he’ll make it to No. 3. Actually, he’s a No. 4 or No. 5 hitter.” Aakash Chopra added.
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The winner of Qualifier 1 will advance to the IPL 2023 final on Sunday, May 28 in Ahmedabad. The loser will face the winner of the Eliminator match between Lucknow Super Giants and Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 to determine the other finalist.
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