Gujarat Titans have become the champion of IPL 2022. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, the team has created history and won the title in its debut season itself. What were the factors that made Gujarat the champion? Learn
Everyone was surprised when Gujarat Titans (GT), who took part in the Indian Premier League-2022 (IPL 2022) for the first time, made Hardik Pandya their captain. Because till then Hardik Pandya had not captained any team, but now that Gujarat Titans has become the champion in its debut season itself, then everyone has got the answer to the question.
Gujarat Titans defeated Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in the final match held at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Batting first, Rajasthan made a score of 130, in response, Gujarat Titans easily achieved this target.
It is not just a matter of one match, but Gujarat has shown such a strong game in the entire season itself. We take a look at five big factors that helped Gujarat Titans become champions in the debut season itself.
1. Amazing feat of Captain Hardik Pandya
Many questions arose when Hardik Pandya, who was returning after the T20 World Cup 2021, was made the captain. But Hardik Pandya silenced everyone with his performance. As captain, Hardik Pandya looked quite settled throughout the season, he made very few blunders. Also, he led the team with his performance as a batsman-bowler. Even after a few losses in the tournament, Hardik laughed and answered questions, which indicated that he was ready to face defeat as a leader and not panic.
2. ‘All-rounder Rashid Khan’s spin
At present, there is no better T20 player in the world than Rashid Khan. Rashid Khan was made the vice-captain by Gujarat Titans, after playing long innings with Hyderabad, he joined Gujarat and dominated. In this entire season, Rashid took 19 wickets, most notably his economy rate which was less than 7. In a league like IPL, such an economy rate is much better throughout the season. But the plus point for Gujarat was all-rounder Rashid, who made a cameo while batting in the two-three match and won the team. Rashid Khan himself also said that he likes to call himself an all-rounder.
3. Finishers wreak havoc
The pair of David Miller and Rahul Teotia did wonders for Gujarat Titans. Together, they won some matches together, and in some matches, one of them got his team out with difficulty. David Miller shone in the IPL after a long time and shone such that he made his team a champion. Miller scored 481 runs this season, while Rahul Tewatia scored 217 runs in 12 innings.
4. Pace Battery Amazing
Gujarat Titans liked the experience of Team India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami. Shami took 20 wickets and became the highest wicket-taker for his team. The most important thing is that in almost every match, Mohammed Shami got his team successful in the beginning, he also proved to be expensive in some matches. But then someone else took charge of the team. Apart from Mohammed Shami, the stormy bowling of Lockie Ferguson wreaked havoc on the opposition team, he had 12 wickets to his name. Along with this, the record of the fastest ball of the season 157.30 KMPH was also held.
5. Nehra’s Planning
The picture of Gujarat Titans head coach Ashish Nehra with a paper in his hand went viral. But this paper did wonders for Gujarat Titans. Ashish Nehra repeatedly gave the same mantra to the team that they play while chilling without any tension. Hardik Pandya told that Ashu Bhai’s effort was to prepare the best bowling unit because they win matches and our plan worked. Ashish Nehra was leading the auction for Gujarat Titans, later Gary Kirsten and his pair did wonder.
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