Wasim Akram Comments On Gujarat Titans’ Over-Reliability On Shubman Gill Before The IPL 2023 Final


Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has expressed his belief that the Gujarat Titans (GT) may be overly reliant on Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill as they prepare to face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final of IPL 2023. The match, set to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, promises to be an exciting encounter.

The defending champions, Gujarat Titans, aim to become the first team since the Mumbai Indians to successfully defend their IPL crown. On the other hand, CSK, led by MS Dhoni, will be striving to claim their fifth title.

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According to Akram, CSK holds a slight advantage heading into the final due to their vast experience. With this in mind, the former Pakistan legend backs the Yellow Army to emerge victorious.

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Speaking to Sportskeeda, Akram mentioned that he expected both GT and CSK to finish in the top four, but he believes the experience of Dhoni and his team will likely give them the edge in the summit clash.

“I was expecting that Chennai and Gujarat will finish in Top 4. Gujarat are reliant on Shubman Gill and their captain Hardik Pandya. CSK have qualified for finals 10 times. They know to make a comeback even if they lose early wickets. They know how to remain calm. Others will have their opinions, but for me, CSK is 60%, GT 40%.”

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Mohammad Kaif Question’s Gujarat Titans’ Approach

Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif also weighed in, highlighting how a tactical error by Pandya in Qualifier 1 cost GT dearly against CSK in Chennai. Kaif suggested that Gujarat Titans should have chosen to bat first in that match.

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“In Qualifier 1, GT lost against CSK in Chennai. Hardik Pandya made a mistake there. He decided to field first after winning the toss on a wicket like the one in Chennai. CSK scored 170, and they had the likes of Matheesha Pathirana, Ravindra Jadeja, and Maheesh Theekshana. Spin is their strength. In knockouts, you should look to bat first. If you score 190 in the first innings, the run-chase won’t be successful,” explained Kaif.

Also Read: CSK vs GT: “There Was A Slight Chasing Bias Here” – Aakash Chopra On Gujarat Titans Batting First Against Mumbai Indians

As the CSK and GT clash in the highly anticipated final, having finished in the top two positions during the league stage, the IPL 2023 title will be fiercely contested.

Both teams boast formidable lineups and will be determined to secure victory in this marquee fixture. The final promises to be a thrilling showdown between two highly competitive sides.

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