Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has claimed that the Gujarat Titans (GT) will triumph in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He has claimed that, as a Gujarati, he supports the GT and feels they have what it takes to win the championship.
Some may regard Pathan’s prediction as audacious, given that CSK has been a dominant force in the IPL, having won four titles in the past. However, with a solid team of excellent players, the GT has also done admirably this season, making it a challenging competition.
IPL 2023 began with Gujarat Titans (GT) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, and it will conclude with a matchup between the two teams in the championship game.
Can MS Dhoni win his fifth championship while serving as captain and eventually tie Rohit Sharma’s record, or will Hardik Pandya become the third captain to win the trophy in back-to-back seasons? It’s a more difficult topic to answer because both clubs’ players are now in outstanding form.
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Gujarat Titans, who were considered a squad to beat from the beginning of the competition, lost to CSK in Qualifier 1. In Qualifier 2, GT met the resurgent Mumbai Indians, but the holders prevailed decisively with a brilliant century from young Shubman Gill, his third of the year, and a five-wicket haul from Mohit Sharma.
“My feelings are inclined towards MS Dhoni” – Irfan Pathan
Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan believes Gujarat Titans have a very solid and well-rounded bowling attack, but MS Dhoni’s presence in the CSK dressing room will keep CSK in contention and the crowd split despite Gujarat Titans playing in their home stadium.
Irfan Pathan stated on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, “Quality-wise, Gujarat Titans are far ahead of CSK in the bowling department.” Gujarat Titans lead in man-to-man marking.”
“But it will be an emotional match between CSK and GT. I am a Gujarati and will want GT to win, but my feelings are inclined towards MS Dhoni. There’s still no clarity on whether he’ll play next year. Because of the Dhoni factor, the heart is backing CSK” Irfan Pathan added.
In the final, the Chennai Super Kings will face the Gujarat Titans.