Gujarat Titans won the IPL on their debut in 2022 and a year later, became the first team to make it to the playoffs. Just like they had done last season. While Shubman Gill has played a starring role with the bat, don't forget Hardik Pandya's impact as a captain.
After losing a low-scoring game, Hardik Pandya admitted he should have won it for the Titans and for the next few games, he played some stunning cameos to steer his side. On the field, he has been brilliant with fielding and bowling changes and off the field, alongwith coach Ashish Nehra, Pandya has created a great team environment for his players to thrive.
Not surprisingly, GT have been assured of a top spot in the points table in IPL 2023.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore who looked so good a few weeks back, suffered two defeats in three matches after the victory over Lucknow Super Giants. Did the spat with Gautam Gambhir affect Virat Kohli?
And what about Mumbai Indians? Suryakumar Yadav scripted a sensational turnaround but they lost to LSG by the barest of margins in their penultimate game. Can they qualify for the last four?
This 2023 IPL is heating up in its last week of group matches with several teams eyeing the remaining three playoff spots.
Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad are out of the reckoning and nothing seemed to go to plan for these two teams. Rishabh Pant's absence definitely hurt DC while the huge investment on Harry Brook did little good for SRH.
The 49th episode of the Sledging Room is worth a listen and a watch if you are eager to figure out some of the most burning issues in the IPL this week.
Akshay Ramesh and Saurabh Kumar join Rajarshi Gupta in another scintillating episode of one of the most popular cricket podcasts in the country.
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