According to renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle, the clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) in the first Qualifier of IPL 2023 at Chepauk Stadium will be a battle between the master and the apprentice. Bhogle suggests that GT captain Hardik Pandya should bowl with the new ball in this crucial encounter. With GT leading the IPL 2023 points table with 20 points and CSK finishing second with 17 points, the stage is set for an exciting Qualifier clash.

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During his conversation on Cricbuzz, Bhogle drew a parallel between the GT vs CSK game and a showdown between a master and an apprentice. Bhogle identified Dhoni as the master and referred to Hardik Pandya as the apprentice in this intriguing clash.

“It will be the master versus the apprentice. I was a little worried by the Hardik Pandya situation as he didn’t bat or bowl against RCB. But he needs to bowl, because when he is bowling with the new ball alongside Mohammed Shami, he is very good when he gets the ball moving. So, I would like to see that,” said Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz.

GT VS CSK: “Chepauk Track Will Favor Chennai,” Reckons Bhogle

GT VS CSK: Harsha Bhogle Labels Qualifier 1 as Master vs Apprentice
GT VS CSK: Harsha Bhogle Labels Qualifier 1 as Master vs Apprentice

In his analysis, he noted that the pitch is likely to favor CSK, but acknowledged that the defending champions, GT, are adept at handling low-scoring matches. With GT securing 10 wins out of 14 games this season and maintaining an unbeaten 3-0 record against CSK in the IPL, the stage is set for an intriguing contest.

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“This will be a track that favors Chennai. It depends on how Gujarat Titans can use that situation. But remember that GT are not bad playing a 150-160 game. GT can also use Jayant Yadav as an Impact Player. If Hardik could bowl, they can get in Jayant Yadav instead of Yash Dayal if it is that kind of track because they will have that extra pacer. I just hope his back is fine,” Bhogle added.

The Qualifier 1 match of IPL 2023 between GT and CSK is scheduled for May 23 (Tuesday) at the iconic MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. With GT being the formidable team in the tournament and CSK enjoying the home advantage, the stakes are high for both sides as the victor secures a place in the IPL 2023 final.

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