IPL 2023
Irfan Pathan Calls Out Gujarat Titans For Facing Batting Conundrum
By CricShots - May 15, 2023 6:41 pm
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Defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) will be aiming to seal their playoff spot when Hardik Pandya and his men will be meeting 2016 winners Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 on Monday. With GT arriving in Ahmedabad for their home game after the loss against Mumbai Indians (MI), former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan has called out skipper Pandya following his mediocre outing in the IPL 2023.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya had a forgetful outing against Rohit Sharma and his men as the star all-rounder only managed to score 4 off 3 balls in the high-scoring contest at the Wankhede Stadium. Sharing his views about the upcoming match between GT and SRH, former Indian all-rounder opined that Gujarat Titans are witnessing a batting conundrum at the number three position.

Irfan Pathan, who plied his trade with the likes of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings, claimed that GT skipper Pandya has failed to perform as per the expectations in the IPL 2023.

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During a chat on Star Sport Sports, Irfan Pathan said, “Gujarat Titans are facing a batting conundrum at number 3. Hardik hasn’t been the one to live up to the expectations with the bat this year. But if he isn’t firing at number three, it will be tough for the team management to figure out whom to send on this position.”

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan

GT skipper Pandya has registered a couple of half-centuries for the defending champions this season. Pandya is the second-highest run-getter for the Gujarat-based franchise. He has smashed 281 runs in 11 games. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif asserted that defending champions Gujarat will hope to improve their winning record at home against SRH. Pandya’s Gujarat Titans have picked up 16 points from 12 matches this season.

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Mohammad Kaif elaborated, “Gujarat Titans can be the first team to qualify for the playoffs with a win against SRH. Captain Hardik Pandya looked unhappy with his and his team’s performance in the previous game and they’ll be looking to make a comeback. Their performance away from home has been good and they’ll be looking to improve the winning record at home this time.”