In the second qualifying round of the Indian Premier League 2023, on Friday, May 26 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the Gujarat Titans beat the Mumbai Indians by 62 runs, securing a berth in the final on Sunday, May 28, against MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings.
After batting first, the Gujarat Titans scored 233/3, thanks in large part to Shubman Gill, who smashed the MI bowlers for his third IPL century of the year. Gill, looking in top form at the crease, reached his century in 49 balls and finished with 129 runs (7 fours, 10 sixes).
Sunil Gavaskar, a batting icon in India, recently remarked on how much fun Hardik Pandya has had with MS Dhoni, captain of the Chennai Super Kings. Gavaskar went on to say that the IPL 2023 final is a fantastic chance for Hardik to show how quickly he has learned the basics of leadership.
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The 73-year-old revealed to Star Sports that Hardik has been vocal about his deep admiration and affection for MSD, much like all the ardent followers of MSD’s illustrious career. Prior to the toss, they maintain a friendly and cheerful demeanor. However, once the match commences, a completely different atmosphere unfolds. The 73-year-old acknowledged this as an excellent opportunity for Hardik Pandya to demonstrate how swiftly he has acquired knowledge and skills.
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Reflecting on Hardik’s captaincy debut last year, the 73-year-old expressed that initially, there was uncertainty due to Hardik’s reputation as an exciting and exuberant cricketer. However, over the past year, the team has witnessed the same level of calmness that MSD brings. This has contributed to the team’s overall happiness, reminiscent of what is seen in CSK as well. The 73-year-old credited Hardik for playing a significant role in fostering this positive environment.
On May 28th, 2023, GT will be in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to face CSK in the IPL 2023 championship game. After a 62-run victory against the Mumbai Indians in Friday’s Qualifier 2, the Gujarat Titans were assured of a spot in the final for the second year running. After defeating GT in the first qualifier, Chennai will play in their tenth IPL final.