New Delhi: Gujarat Titans
all rounder Vijay Shankar
Estimated hardik pandyaLike last time, leadership as one of the biggest reasons for the consistency of the defending champions in the current IPL season.
With six wins from eight matches, GT once again topped the IPL points table after defeating KKR by seven wickets.
“Hardik is really aggressive. He wants to find a way to do well in tough situations. He always wants to do that for the team. He takes the new ball. He delivered it when we got Rohit Sharma’s wicket against Mumbai. was needed.” Indian,” Vijay cited as an example of his captain’s game-changing efforts.
“He (Hardik) scored 66 on a difficult wicket against LSG. He is taking a lot of responsibility. That’s the best thing. When you are the captain, you have to show the team how it’s done,” he said. ” Why all the other players are really trusting him and doing whatever the team asks us to do.”
GT has been able to seal close games and Vijay attributes it to his tough training regime.
“The amount of practice we do as a team is unbelievable, everyone on our team practices so hard. We do it hard and hard.”
IPL 2023: Shankar, Miller on the strength of Gujarat on top of the table
“We find ways to perform well in tough situations. There will be tough situations in the IPL or any T20 match. It’s about communicating well.”
Vijay has put in some impressive performances this edition but he doesn’t want to talk about his India comeback, having last been back in net colors at the 2019 World Cup in England.
IPL 2023: Gujarat Titans register easy win over KKR, inch closer to playoffs
Defending champions Gujarat Titans once again produced a stellar performance to register a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders and move to the top of the IPL table on Saturday. It was sweet revenge for Titans, who lost their home game thanks to Rinku Singh’s heroics.
First, the titans pace duo of Mohammed Shami (3/33) and Josh Little (2/25) picked up five wickets between them, while left-arm spinner Noor Ahmed (2/21) continued his fine form. KKR were restricted to a lowly 179/7 after Hardik Pandya opted to bowl.
On a batting-friendly track, Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s brilliant 39-ball 81 set the pace, but KKR managed only 45 runs and fell short of the psychological 200-run mark, losing three wickets in the last five overs.
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In reply, GT achieved the target in 17.5 overs with Vijay Shankar remaining unbeaten on 51 off 24 balls (2×4, 5×6).
Defending the total, KKR had their moments when they dismissed an innocent Shubman Gill for fifty and almost dismissed David Miller for 26.
But he made a hara-kiri of sorts as Miller’s skier, which would have been a straight catch by his wicket-keeper, Suyash Sharma attempted a catch from third man and he ended up on the grass.
At that point GT needed 51 runs from 29 balls, but it turned out to be a game-changing moment as Shankar and Miller (32 not out; 18b, 2×4, 2×6) sealed the issue in an unbroken 87-run stand. done. Partnership in 39 balls.
The win propelled GT to the top of the table with 12 points from eight matches as they need to win two more matches to make it to the playoffs for the second time in a row.
KKR, on the other hand, are staring at an early exit after their sixth defeat in nine matches as they now need to win all their remaining five matches.
Gill (49; 35b) got GT off to a perfect start after the early dismissal of Wriddhiman Saha (10) as he laid the foundation of a 50-run partnership with skipper Hardik Pandya.
“It’s too far for me. Mentally I’m not really thinking about it. If I can win matches for my team, that’s the only satisfaction I can take from every game.”
He said, “I would be really happy to contribute to my team’s victory. Cricket is something we love, that’s why we still continue to play. No expectations, I just want to enjoy my cricket.” Am.”