IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya Must Bat At No.4, If He Doesn’t, It Would Be A Big Mistake – Aakash Chopra Feels There Is A Problem With Gujarat Titans' Batting Unit

Updated - 25 Mar 2022, 12:59 PM

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has opined that batting is an area of concern for the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is all set to begin from March 26 and all the games of the league stage will be played in Maharashtra across 4 different venues including Wankhede Stadium, Dy Patil Stadium, Brabourne Stadium and Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.

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The Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants will go head-to-head at the Wankhede Stadium on March 28.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pinpointed that the top 5 batters of the Gujarat Titans’ batting unit are either not proven commodities or lack form. He explained:

“There is a problem with the batting. Shubman Gill as 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.”

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Gujarat Titans unveil jersey ahead of IPL 2022. (Photo: Gujarat Titans)

“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.”

Mohammed Shami could be expensive and may not be counted among gun T20 bowlers – Aakash Chopra

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The cricketer-turned-commentator said that the Gujarat Titans bought Mohammed Shami for INR 6.25 crore but he is not a gun T20 bowler. However, Chopra opined that the overall bowling unit of the Gujarat Titans looks solid. He asserted:

“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 have a good left-arm fast bowler. He moves the ball around and has pace as well.”

“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.”

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