At the Narendra Modi Stadium, Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first. Australian wicketkeeping superstar Matthew Wade is not a part of the playing 11 which left many fans shocked.
Why is Wade not playing today?
There aren’t any injury concerns about the Australian left-hander. However, the batter couldn’t find a place in the squad due to the team combination. Gujarat went in with Kane Williamson, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, and Joshua Little as the 4 overseas options.
Joshua Little is a talented left-arm pacer from Ireland who can swing the ball both ways. He is also an excellent death bowler and is a player to watch out for this season.
Although MS Dhoni’s ability to play today was questioned, the renowned captain of the Chennai Super Kings was present for the toss. Dhoni had previously stated that the 2023 IPL season might be his last. An era would come to an end if Dhoni decided to withdraw from this competition, thereby putting a stop to his illustrious professional career. If so, he will begin this historic occasion by going up against Hardik Pandya, a player who looks up to him as a mentor.
The defending champions Gujarat Titans will encounter four-time champion Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. A year after Pandya guided the IPL’s inaugural Gujarat Titans to victory, the young captain and potential future captain of India is set to meet his Dhoni. The Impact Player rule and how it impacts the play and the way the teams organize themselves around it will be the main topics of discussion in addition to the actual game.
Gujarat Titans (Playing XI): Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Rajvardhan Hangargekar
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