In a highly anticipated clash, the defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) are set to face off against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the playoff stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Tuesday. With an unbeaten run behind them, GT is determined to extend their victorious streak against their formidable opponents.
Shubman Gill’s stunning season
GT’s recent triumph over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their final league game secured them the top position on the IPL 2023 points table. Shubman Gill emerged as the hero of the match, delivering a scintillating century that propelled his team to victory. Gill’s consistent batting prowess throughout the season has earned ed him accolades, overshadowing even the renowned Virat Kohli in the race for this season’s Orange Cap.
However, in an unexpected move, the legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag has decided to overlook Gill and has instead named an overseas superstar as the ‘trump card’ of Gujarat Titans for their upcoming encounter with CSK in the IPL 2023 Qualifier 1. Sehwag believes that Rashid Khan, the talented Afghanistan spinner, holds the key to GT’s success in the critical match against CSK.
Who could be GT’s trump card?
Sehwag praised Rashid Khan‘s exceptional performance and highlighted his ability to break partnerships, emphasizing his importance to the GT team. Rashid’s remarkable hat-trick against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and his explosive 32-ball 79 against the Mumbai Indians (MI) have already etched his name in the IPL record books. Not only is he the leading contender for the Purple Cap, awarded to the highest wicket-taker of the season, but he has also become the most successful bowler in terms of wickets taken during the league stage of IPL 2023.
“Rashid Khan is the trump card for Gujarat. If they want wickets, they bring him. And then the way Hardik has used Rashid, it is commendable. Rashid likes to break partnerships and now he has become the most successful bowler of this season on the basis of his excellent performance,” Sehwag told Star Sports.
The clash between GT and CSK promises to be a thrilling encounter, with GT’s skipper Hardik Pandya Leveraging Rashid Khan’s skills effectively to bolster their bowling attack. The match, to be held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, is expected to showcase intense competition between two formidable sides vying for a spot in the IPL 2023 final.