Gujarat Titans. (Photo Source: Twitter/Hardik Pandya)
Defending champions Gujarat Titans are one step away from becoming the third team in IPL history to win back-to-back IPL trophies as they face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2023 final on Sunday, May 28 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. The Hardik Pandya-led side defeated Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 by 62 runs to enter their second consecutive final of the T20 extravaganza.
GT and CSK have faced each other twice in this year, first in the curtain raiser where Gujarat emerged victorious by five wickets, and then in Qualifier 1 where CSK won the match by 15 runs. Having been defeated by the MS Dhoni-led side in their previous encounter, GT will have to put up a strong show in the final against the four-time champions. For that they once again need to field a strong Playing XI against CSK:
Here’s Gujarat Titans’ predicted XI against Chennai Super Kings:
Openers: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: BCCI/IPL)
Wriddhiman Saha once again had a disappointing outing in Qualifier 2 as he got dismissed after scoring 18 off 16 balls. The wicketkeeper batter has been failing consistently in the last five innings having scored just 44 runs. The 38-year-old will be eager to go big in the final and take his side to a second successive title victory.
Shubman Gill is in the form of his life as he played a sensational innings of 129 off 60 with the help of seven fours and 10 sixes in his innings. With his knock, the 23-year-old became the IPL Orange Cap holder of the season having amassed 851 runs in 16 innings at an average of 60.78 and a strike rate of 156.43. The opening batter is just 13 runs away from becoming the second-highest scorer in a season of an IPL and take over Jos Buttler’s tally of 863 runs.
Middle Order: Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia
David Miller (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sai Sudharsan played a good knock of 43 off 31 against MI with the help of five fours and a six. However, he failed to get going and was retired out during his innings for other batters to come. The 21-year-old has scored 266 runs in seven innings at an average of 44.33 and a strike rate of 127.27. Sudharsan will be eager to finish the tournament on a high against CSK.
Vijay Shankar didn’t get a chance to bat against MI, however, he has also been in great form this season scoring 301 runs from 10 innings at an average of 37.62 and a strike rate of 160.10. The 32-year-old will be eager to play another splendid knock in the final and take his team to their second title win.
David Miller also didn’t get a chance to bat against MI but has failed to fire in the last three innings, with scores of seven, six and four against his name. The southpaw will be eager to take his team to victory in the big game if the opportunity presents itself.
Rahul Tewatia also didn’t get a chance to bat against MI but is known for his exceptional finishing prowess. The southpaw has batted at a strike rate of 152.63 scoring 87 runs with the help of three fours and seven sixes in the tournament. Tewatia will be eager to once again provide the finishing touch to the innings in the big game.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (c), Rashid Khan
Hardik Pandya played a brilliant cameo of 28 off 13 against MI to take his team to a monumental score of 233/3 in their allotted 20 overs. With the ball, he gave away 24 runs off two overs. Pandya hasn’t had a great season with either the bat or the ball, and will look to notch up a big score in the final and help his side win their second consecutive title.
Rashid Khan bowled a brilliant spell of 2/33 in four overs and picked up the crucial wickets of Tilak Varma and Tim David. Rashid is in the race for the IPL purple cap as he’s the second-highest wicket-taker of the season with 27 wickets to his name at an average of 18.80 and a strike rate of 7.93. The Afghanistan spinner will look to contribute with both bat and ball against CSK and help his side win.
Bowlers: Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma
Noor Ahmad remained wicketless in his four-over spell and gave away 35 runs in four overs. The 18-year-old has picked up 14 wickets so far in the tournament at an average of 25.14 and an economy of 7.96. The young sensation will look to add more wickets to his tally in the final and take his team to a win.
Mohammed Shami is the IPL purple cap holder of the season having picked up 28 wickets from 16 innings at an average of 17.60 and an economy of 7.95. The speedster picked up 2/41 against MI and will look to pick more wickets with the new ball against CSK.
Mohit Sharma bowled a sensational spell of 5/10 in 2.2 overs against MI and cleaned up the tail quickly. The 34-year-old has made a remarkable return to IPL after three years having picked up 24 wickets in 13 innings at an average of 13.54 and an economy of 7.89.
Gujarat Titans (GT) Probable Playing XI:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami
Gujarat Titans (GT) Probable Impact Players:
R Sai Kishore, Joshua Little, K Srikar Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Odean Smith