Aakash Chopra opens up on the Gujarat Titans’ potential acquisitions at the IPL 2024 auction
By SMCS - Dec 14, 2023 12:18 pm
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said that the Gujarat Titans could look to acquire a finisher like Shahrukh Khan at the IPL 2024 auction. However, the Titans released eight players, apart from trading out Hardik Pandya to the Mumbai Indians, before the auction as well. They have a remaining purse of ₹38.15 crore and can buy a maximum of eight players, including two overseas as well.

Gujarat Titans (GT)

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “They could have a few problems in batting. Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill and Sai Sudharsan play as the top three. It’s good Kane Williamson will also be available here. After that, Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller and Matthew Wade. It looks alright but it’s better if they get one more batter. I feel they need a batter like Shahrukh Khan, a finisher-type batter, because just in case Wriddhiman Saha doesn’t do well, they can get Sai Sudharsan or Kane Williamson to open.”

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Aakash Chopra feels Kane Williamson, David Miller and Rashid Khan, alongside either Noor Ahmad or a seamer, could be the four overseas players in their playing XI. He added that they will miss Hardik Pandya slightly because of his ability to bowl with the new ball and bat at No. 4 or No. 5 as well. He also said that the Gujarat Titans need to bolster their seam-bowling department.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya is leading Gujarat Titans

“In fast bowling, they have Darshan Nalkande, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Joshua Little. They are slightly light on the faster bowling and you need bowlers who can move the ball around under lights in Gujarat. So they do need to shop for fast bowlers,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “They released Lockie Ferguson a year ago and have let Alzarri Joseph also go now. A lot of new names will be available in the auction. If they want, they can pick anyone among Mitchell Starc, Lockie Ferguson, Josh Hazlewood, Ben Dwarshuis, Dilshan Madushanka and Gerald Coetzee.”