Starting XI for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023: Gujarat Lions, led by the unpredictable all-rounder Hardik Pandya, will go into the 16th edition of Tata IPL 2023 as the defending champions. They won the coveted tournament in their very first try. They beat the Rajasthan Royals in the final to become the second team, after the Royals themselves, to win the IPL in its first year.
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The champions will enter their second campaign with confidence and a fairly unchanged team. The Titans may be the second club after CSK to defend the IPL title after not changing their winning team as much as projected. Dhoni will lead CSK against GT on the opening night of the IPL. GT didn’t buy much at auctions, but when they did, it was a good deal. Gujarat got Kane Williamson at his base price and Odean Smith for a low price. These additions strengthened and balanced the team.
IPL 2023 predicted starting lineup for GT:
Openers: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha/ Matthew Wade
This year, Shubman Gill is without a doubt the best batsman in international cricket. The Indian team’s first batter has been in great shape. He has scored over 900 runs and five centuries in 2023, and he’s only going to get better. This year has already seen a T20I century, so the GT team will be hoping that the talented opener keeps up his form in the IPL as well.
Gill could bat at the top of the order with either Matthew Wade or Wriddhiman Saha, both of whom are dangerous wicket-keeper batters with a lot of experience. Based on how the team needs to be put together, one of the veterans will be in the playing XI and will open with the always impressive Shubman Gill.
Middle-order: Kane Williamson/ Sai Sudharsan, Abhinav Manohar, David Miller
Kane Williamson gives GT’s top order more stability. The no. 3 spot was one of their worries last season. They solved the problem by putting the New Zealand legend on the team. If Saha opens the batting, Kane will probably bat third for the Gujarat Titans. Willamson has scored 2,101 runs for SRH in 76 IPL games, with an average of over 36. He will try to add to that number here.
Abhinav Manohar is a middle-order batsman who hits hard and can take the game away from the other team. He played 8 games for this champion team last season. He and the new South African player David Miller will be in charge of the middle order. Miller’s best IPL season so far was in 2022, when he scored 481 runs with an average of 68.71 and a strike rate of over 142. He was also in great form for the Proteas.
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan
Hardik Pandya gives this GT team something new, and the all-rounder has improved a lot as a leader. Pandya had a great season in 2022, just like Miller. He scored 487 runs, which was by far his most, and took 8 wickets in 15 games. The Gujarat Titans’ firepower keeps going as leg-spin all-rounder Rahul Tewatia comes in next. The left-handed batsman has already shown that on his day, he can win games. In the last game, Tewatia was one of the team’s stars. He scored 217 runs at a strike rate of 147.
The great leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been a great addition to the GT team, and he proved his worth by helping the team win games with both the bat and the ball last season. In the 2022 IPL, he played 16 games and averaged 19.16 wickets per game.
Bowlers: Alzarri Joseph, Shivam Mavi, Mohammad Shami
Alzarri Joseph has been the best West Indies bowler for the past couple of years, and he is now playing for GT. He has taken more wickets than anyone else in the country. He is expected to lead the pace attack of GT along with the Indian pacer Mohammad Shami, who needs one more wicket to reach the 100 wickets mark in IPL. Shami killed 20 of these 99 players in the last game and is also going to be a big part of the Titans’ defense of their title.
Shivam Mavi was bought for a huge amount of money, 6 crores, and it looks like the pacer will be added to the GT team right away. In 30 IPL games so far, he has taken 32 wickets.
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