The 15th edition of the IPL is underway. Gradually, the interest of the fans is picking up. Two new teams are included in this edition of the IPL, the Gujarat Titans and the Lucknow Super Giants.
Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul are leading the Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, respectively. Both teams are ready to face each other this evening.
Armed with hard-hitting all-rounders, both the new sides are aiming to start their IPL campaign on a winning streak when they meet in Mumbai on Monday.
Gill to open with Gurbaz
Gujarat is likely to bring out Shubman Gill and Afghanistan batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz as openers. The Afghan is the wicketkeeper of the team as well. Both the openers can wreck any attack, but they need to judge the uneven bounce at the Wankhede stadium, which could fox any batter.
GT is heavily dependent on its skipper, Hardik Pandya, who has vast experience of playing the shortest format of the game. He knows the Wankhade pitch well. known for hitting long sixes at all levels. Therefore, Hardik needs to take more responsibility on his shoulder. He should promote himself in the batting order.
The same is applied to Rahul Tewatia, who would need to shed his ‘one-match IPL wonder’ tag. Tewatia has already said that he would need to take more responsibility with the willow.
Shankar, a surprise package
Another key player in the team is all-rounder Vijay Shankar, and his four-over spell in any match could make a big difference. All three have the ability to change the complexion of any match from anywhere. They must be looking forward to today’s match to show their prowess.
Karnataka’s Abhinav Manohar and David Miller are the two other players who are ready to perform. David Miller, the veteran South African hard hitter, has the ability to cross the ball over the boundary ropes with his powerful hitting.
Shami needs to attract selectors
Mohammed Shami needs to improve his performance in this IPL to attract the selectors for selection in the Indian team for the forthcoming World Cup to be held in Australia this year. Shami is a dangerous bowler on any track. His immaculate control of the seam and swing could be dangerous for any batter.
Rashid Khan, a well-known face in the IPL, will lead the spin department. His overall performance in this format of the game is absolutely superb.
Much is riding on his shoulders to be taken away. He will open the batting with South African Quinton De Kock. Both openers can accelerate and increase the run rate with their superb ability to hit hard.
Lucknow replete with all-rounders.
Lucknow is replete with all-rounders in Deepak Hooda, Krunal Pandya, and the West Indian Jason Holder, while Manish Pandey, a seasoned campaigner, is a vital cog in the batting department. Evin Lewis, an explosive batter, is a danger, and he has the ability to change the match from anywhere.
The upcoming bowler, Avesh Khan, has been doing well. He needs to bowl on the right line and length to stop the Gujarat batters from scoring freely. Ravi Bishnoi is a surprise package. He has the ability to deceive any batsman with his googlies.
Rashid Khan is appointed vice-captain.
However, Gujarat Titans officials on Sunday took a decision and appointed Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan as the team’s vice-captain ahead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 opening match against Lucknow Super Giants in Mumbai on Monday.
Rashid was chosen by the Gujarat Titans for INR 15 crore. The same amount is being paid to captain Hardik Pandya.
Both the new teams have plenty of talented players. Today’s match is expected to be an entertaining match. The crowd will see some great rivalry between the two new teams on the field.