Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes the Gujarat Titans’ (GT) lack of batting strength would damage their chances in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.
GT, along with the KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), will make their debuts in the championship this year.
During a conversation on his YouTube channel about Gujarat’s team, Chopra noted that there are flaws in the batting department. He stated:
“There is a problem with the batting. Shubman Gill as an opener is fine. Gill’s best is yet to come and I think it will be for Gujarat Titans. I think with Jason Roy gone they will open with Matthew Wade. They have picked Rahmanullah Gurbaz, but I think they will go with Wade.
“No.3 is also a problem. They can play Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, but I can’t see any other option. I think they will go with Shankar. Hardik Pandya must bat at No.4. If he doesn’t bat there, it would be a big mistake,” Chopra said elaborating further on their middle-order.
It would not surprise the 44-year-old if Gujarat’s batting suffers during the IPL 2022. Chopra outlined his reasoning behind his assumption:
“As good a player as he is, Wade has not done well in India. Pandya is coming back from an injury and his batting has not been good in recent times. David Miller has found some form recently but it was five years ago that he had a good season. There is hope that they will do well, but if they don’t it won’t be a surprise.”
Chopra is delighted with GT’s bowling resources, in contrast to the batting department. Despite doubts about Mohammed Shami’s T20 abilities, he believes he is a worthy option. The previous starter stated:
“Mohammed Shami could be expensive and may not be counted among gun T20 bowlers, but he is a good bowler nonetheless. In Yash Dayal, they have a good left-arm fast bowler. He moves the ball around and has pace as well.”
In fact, Chopra is confident that the team boasts of some of the best bowling attacks of all the franchises in the tournament, for which he was quite vocal about, stating, “They have Alzarri Joseph, Dominic Drakes, Pradeep Sangwan and Varun Aaron too. There is Rashid Khan, of course, and Sai Kishore and Jayant Yadav. They have plenty of bowling options and might be one of the better bowling units in the tournament.”
The Gujarat Titans roped in all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the IPL 2022 mega auction and named him the team’s skipper. The team also features some of the biggest international names, including Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Matthew Wade, and Mohammed Shami. They begin their IPL 2022 campaign against Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 28.
Gujarat Titans IPL 2022 squad: Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Jason Roy, Lockie Ferguson, Abhinav Sadarangani, Rahul Tewatia, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Gurkeerat Singh, Varun Aaron, B Sai Sudarshan.