Pandya’s masterplan against CSK fails; If ‘that’ mistake is made again, the dream of winning the Bhangel Trophy will be shattered!
The defending champion Gujarat Titans team is seen to be doing a great show in the Indian Premier League 2023 tournament. At the end of the league, Gujarat topped the points table with 20 points, having bagged 10 matches out of 14 matches. However, in the first qualifier match against Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat did not play like a champion team. So they faced defeat. For the first time in the IPL, Sanghal will be feeling the pressure in the knock-out match. Against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Chennai team, Hardik Pandya made a mistake that cost him and his team. Now, if he commits this mistake against Mumbai Indians too, his journey will come to an end.
Now what mistake did Hardik Pandya make against Chennai Super Kings which cost him dearly? Let’s find out about it. In fact, in big matches like the qualifiers, Pandya made a big change in the team’s batting order. After that, this decision came to him.
Change in batting order
CSK (CSK) team challenged Gujarat Titans (Gujarat Titans) by 173 runs in Qualifier 1 match. Chasing this challenge at Chennai’s Chepauk Stadium, Gujarat lost the wicket of Wriddhiman Saha for 22 runs. After that, changing the batting order, Pandya came out to bat himself. In fact, Vijay Shankar was playing at number three till this match. Against Chennai, Pandya returned to the tent for just 8 runs and two consecutive shocks derailed Gujarat’s train.
Till Qualifier 1, Vijay Shankar had batted well at the third position. He scored 301 runs in 12 matches. He also scored a 35-ball 53 at No.3 in the last league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore chasing a 198-run challenge. In that match there was a partnership of 71 runs with Shubman Gill. However, his experiment failed as Pandya replaced Vijay against Chennai.
Vijay Shankar was sent to bat at number six in the match against Chennai. By then the match had slipped out of Gujarat’s hands. 5 wickets fell for 88 runs. This change in batting order affected Vijay’s batting and he was dismissed for 14 runs.
Hardik Pandya has been failing to make big innings in the last few matches. He has scored 297 runs in 14 matches this season. So if he repeats the mistake he made against CSK in the match against Mumbai, Gujarat may struggle to make a comeback. Also, losing in the second qualifier could also derail the dream of winning a second trophy in a row. (gt vs mi ipl 2023 qualifier 2 skipper hardik pandya one mistake in qualifier 1 against ms dhoni csk cost gujarat titans)
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