IPL 2023
IPL 2023: “I can’t ask anything more from the boys” – Hardik Pandya
By SMCS - May 7, 2023 9:00 pm
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Gujarat Titans won by 56 runs over Lucknow Super Giants at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 7 in the ongoing IPL 2023. Lucknow Super Giants won the toss and opted to bowl. Put into bat, Gujarat Titans got off to a flying start where Wriddhiman Saha (81) and Shubman Gill (94*) added 142 runs for the first wicket. Later, Hardik Pandya and David Miller also contributed and helped his side post a massive total of 227.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya failed to take the right DRS call

While chasing, Kyle Mayers and Quinton de Kock got off to a flying start. However, apart from them, no one could really contribute to the chase and they eventually fell short in the chase. Mohit Sharma picked up 4 wickets for 29.

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Here is what the captains and the player of the match said after the game:

Shubman Gill, Player of the Match said as quoted by Cricbuzz: They were going well in the powerplay but our bowlers bowled well especially Mohit bhai. They restrict their batting lineup to under 180 which was a great effort. Just to be able to share his (Saha) experience, I stand next to him at slip, it is phenomenal with the way he keeps going, he’s been playing since the first IPL season. I didn’t get much to bat in the first few overs but it is important to not get carried away with what your partner is doing. I had not hit sixes in the last two matches and today I struck a few, I always keep working on my skills.

Hardik Pandya, GT captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: I can’t ask anything more from the boys. The way the game changed after that (Rashid’s catch), at one point I thought the game was even stevens and that catch was match-changing. We were both driving at 100kph as a team but that catch caused a bump in their chase. I don’t think so, my love towards him (Krunal) is very strong, I won’t be bragging. It would have been nice if it was a little tighter and we had won, he could have also had some bragging rights.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill

Mohit Sharma said as quoted by Cricbuzz: We talk a lot to each other. What to do when the ball is old and when it is new. It was a day wicket, so the wicket was expected to get slower and that’s what I spoke with Shami. I have practised the knuckle-ball but there is an injury on one of my fingers, so not using that. We tried to keep the slower ball out of the reach of the batter. We speak a lot to Ashu bhai [Ashish Nehra] – especially what to bowl to which batter. Length balls are necessary as well, it is not all about the slower ones.

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Krunal Pandya, LSG captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: We gave too many runs in the first innings. When it’s 227, you have to go hard every over. The surface played really well. The batters said it was a good wicket to bat on. Had we restricted them to 200-210, we would have had a chance. God has been kind to us, our family is proud, Mom is happy. She said at the end of the day, two points will come home only. There is so much of love between me and Hardik, there’s hardly any banter. I can tell him about that (the catch), definitely.