Its promoters won the bid last October. But for technical reasons, his entry into the fold of the Indian Premier League was formalized just days before the players’ auction. Despite all the hurdles, the Gujarat Titans seem to have broken the IPL code in their first season.
The fact that the Titans became the first team to qualify for the playoffs on Tuesday also underscores the strong strength of Hardik Pandya & Co. in the last seven weeks, with a huge win over second-placed Lucknow Super Giants.
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Shubhaman Gill, who turned out to be the difference between the relatively knocking teams in challenging conditions for the batsmen at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, did not utter a word about his feelings.
“It looks great. Coming into the season, a lot of people haven’t given us more of a chance. A lot of people didn’t think we would qualify. But here we are sitting at the table. The host told the broadcaster after.
Gill was away from the sign even though he had a microphone in his hand. Finally, the Titans received criticism from various quarters about their preferred batting combination at the auction table.
Many saw the think-tank of head coach Ashish Nehra, assistant coach Gary Kirsten, captain Hardik and cricket director Vikram Solanki focusing on single-handedly adding match winners to its roster. The move has so far paid rich dividends.
“A lot has been done about our line-up, and I’m fine with that. People have every right to their opinion. But I can assure you, at no stage did we think our batting line-up was weak, “Solanki told a media conference on Tuesday night.
The Titans hope to continue their charge in the final weekend of the tournament.