Matthew Wade (Image Credits: IPL)
Matthew Wade (Image Credits: IPL)

Senior Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, who is part of Gujarat Titans (GT) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, has said that the 15th edition of the tournament has been personally frustrating for him.

Wade has played 9 games for the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League 2022 and has scored just 149 runs at an average of 16.56 and a strike rate of 116.40 with his highest score being 35.

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IPL 2022: Matthew Wade Says The 15th Edition Of IPL Has Been Personally Frustrating For Him
Matthew Wade of GT. Photo- IPL
Matthew Wade of GT. Photo- IPL

Meanwhile, Matthew Wade said that he has been hitting the ball very well in the tournament but hasn’t been able to register a big score.

“It’s been a frustrating tournament personally; I’ve been hitting the ball well, especially since I came back into the team. It just hasn’t quite clicked, I found the fielders a little bit, just found ways to get out.

“but I’ve played enough to know that happens for periods of time throughout T20 especially, but you’ve just got to stay brave and keep swinging the bat like you know you can swing it,” Wade told cricket.com.au.

I’m not chasing franchise cricket – Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade (Image Credits: IPL)
Matthew Wade (Image Credits: IPL)

The 34-year-old Australian wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped from the Gujarat Titans playing XI after his back-to-back poor performances and was replaced by Wriddhiman Saha. However, after a few games he was included back in the playing XI and this time he was given an opportunity to bat No.3.

While talking about his exclusion from the playing XI, Wade said that he was left out mainly due to Hardik Pandya suffering an injury.

“As a player, if there’s a legitimate reason that you’re not playing then it’s quite easy and the reason that I was left out at that particular time is Hardik (Pandya) got injured so we were short a bowler,” Wade explained.

“We basically went a batter short and took a little bit of pump with Rashid (Khan) batting seven, which paid off in spades.

“He’s (Rashid) been amazing at seven so that was kind of why I initially went out of the team and then the way that Rashid, (David) Miller and (Rahul) Tewatia were batting, there was no reason to play the extra batter,” added Wade.

Matthew Wade also said that he will not be chasing franchise cricket in the future and if it comes his way he will play it.

“I’m not chasing franchise cricket so much, if it comes my way and I can play it, then I’ll play it. If this is it for me — one year, two years, three years at IPL — it doesn’t worry me too much. If I can play them out of the Australian season then I’m probably more leaning down that path at the moment,” added Wade.

“I just want to be comfortable, spend a little bit of time with my family after the World Cup and see where the last few years of my career is going to be.”

Matthew Wade for GT. PHoto- IPL
Matthew Wade. (Photo: IPL)

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