IPL 2022: 5 Reasons Why Gujarat Titans (GT) Might Win IPL 2022 Trophy
IPL 2022: Gujarat Titans are set to start their IPL debut in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Gujarat Titans were one of the two new franchises inducted into this year’s IPL. The other was the Lucknow-based Lucknow Super Giants, owned by the RPSG group. Just like every other franchise, Gujarat also had a purse amount limit of INR 90 cr. Gujarat Titans drafted 3 players namely Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill, ahead of the mega auction. Find here today’s IPL match prediction 2022 and get the upcoming match updates.
They further bought 20 more players at the mega auction held in Bengaluru on the 12th and 13th of February. In total, Gujarat Titans have bought 23 players, including 8 overseas players. Gujarat Titans splurged INR 15 cr on Hardik Pandya and Afghanistan ace spinner Rashid Khan each.
The franchise spent generously and roped in New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson for INR 10 cr. The squad now has the likes of Mohammed Shami, David Miller, Jason Roy, and Alzarri Joseph, including Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan to their advantage.
Every squad has some strengths and weaknesses. They lack in certain areas and excel in others to make up for that loss. We have already discussed the overview of Gujarat Titans and their possible XI for this season. Ahmedabad-based franchise – Gujarat Titans too have certain strengths. This could become the reason if the Gujarat Titans manage to win the title this season.
IPL 2022: 5 Reason Why Gujarat Titans Might Win This Year
1) Strong Opening Pair
England opener Jason Roy and India’s young sensation Shubman Gill are expected to open the innings for the Gujarat Titans. Both are sensational players and are very conventional in their stroke play. Jason Roy is very flashy and compact at the same time. He is technically sound and plays with a straight bat.
Roy is a very aggressive batsman and doesn’t miss any chance of scoring runs. He has been part of Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on previous occasions. When SRH dropped David Warner from playing XI in the second half of last season, Roy replaced him and went on to play 5 games in the season. In 13 matches played in the IPL so far, Roy has scored 329 runs at an average of 29.90 with 91* being his highest score.
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Shubman Gill was a child prodigy. He was fast-tracked into the IPL and later into the national team after becoming the player of the tournament in the U-19 World Cup in 2018. Shubman Gill is technically sound and very pleasing to the eyes. He has provided consolidated starts to KKR at the top and averaged 31.49 in 55 innings in the IPL. Both Roy and Shubman Gill will very well complement each other and make an indomitable opening pair.
Gujarat Titans have invested a lot in all-rounders. They have as many as 11 all-rounders in their squad. India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named captain by the Titans. Vijay Shankar, Dominic Drakes, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh are a few names on this long list.
Last year’s sensation Rahul Tewatia and SRH’s Vijay Shankar will provide stability in the middle-order and will ensure captain Hardik does not run out of bowling options. West Indies fast-bowling all-rounder Dominic Drakes was drafted last year by CSK as a replacement for Sam Curran. He can complement the Gujarat Titans bowling attack and is a very capable batsman.
Jayant Yadav and Gurkeerat Singh are handy batsmen and capable spin bowlers. The team will definitely pick either of the two to complement Rashid Khan, who will be the lead spinner. Young Darshan Nalkande was part of Punjab Kings XI last year but didn’t play in any games. He has a spunk in his bowling and batting, which is very unlikely at his age.
3) Hardik Pandya- The Game Changer
India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya was part of the Mumbai Indians since his debut season in the IPL. Hardik was Mumbai’s mainstay and has won several matches for his team. The ace all-rounder was bought by Gujarat Titans ahead of the auction as a draft pick. Pandya has struggled with injuries lately and has not bowled much in competitive cricket recently. He played purely as a batsman in the recently concluded T20 World Cup. He may not bowl this season as he is still recovering from his injury. Pandya, however, will definitely be a key batsman on the Titans’ side. Moreover, he is more of a batsman than a bowler.
Hardik is a game-changer. He is a shrewd batsman and an insurmountable force on his day. Pandya can soak in pressure and come good in crunch situations. His biggest attribute is adaptability. He can anchor the innings when needed and can also slog if required. Hardik also has the added responsibility of leading the team this time. He has fared well under pressure in previous situations and will hope he shines the same way this time.
4) Rashid Khan’s Charm
Afghanistan’s ace spinner Rashid Khan remains high in demand across the world. He features in almost every premier T20 league and is the first-choice spinner for any franchise. Rashid is part of the new world of spin bowling. Unlike traditional spinners, he doesn’t toss up the ball or give it much air.
He has several variations up his sleeves and disguises them skillfully. He bowls quickly and doesn’t give much room to batsmen to open their arms. Rashid relies on bowling wicket-to-wicket and proves quite economical given the nature of the format. He has also brightened up his batting in the last few years. In 76 innings of IPL, Rashid has 93 wickets at an astonishing economy of 6.33.
5) Fast-Bowling Unit
Gujarat Titans bought Indian ace bowler Mohammed Shami for INR 6.25 cr. Shami is a constant feature of the national side across 3 formats. He is adept at bowling under pressure situations and directs yorkers with precision in the ultimate overs. New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson, alongside Shami, will form a formidable bowling pair. Lockie bowls quickly and zips the ball off the wicket.
West Indies’ Alzarri Joseph is another asset in this seemingly indomitable bowling unit. He executes both yorkers and bouncers under pressure with consistency. CPL sensation Dominic Drakes is also a part of this bowling unit. Indian quicks Varun Aaron and Pradeep along with Darshan Nalkande are also on this seemingly never-ending list of fast bowlers for Gujarat Titans. Get the latest betting Apps for the 2022 Season.