Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra has admitted he was surprised by the success of Gujarat Titans (GT) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at IPL 2022. According to Chopra, neither franchise seemed to have picked a balanced squad at the auction, but were able to overcome their flaws commendably.
Gujarat have won six of their seven IPL 2022 matches so far and currently sit second in the points table. Hyderabad started with two defeats but has since recorded five wins in a row and sits in third place.
The two teams will face off at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Previewing the clash on his YouTube channel, Chopra explained how both sides did well despite their obvious weaknesses. He explained:
“I was surprised when I saw these two teams at the auction. GT only had Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya batting and hardly anyone else. Hyderabad picked foreign batters but they didn’t seem not suitable for Indian conditions.They also didn’t pick a good spinner.Washington Sundar was the only gunslinger in the team.Their bidding strategy (GT and SRH) seemed confusing but now they surprise us by their performance.
When the two teams met in the first half of IPL 2022 at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Hyderabad edged Gujarat by eight wickets.
“You may not find a better offense in the competition” – Aakash Chopra on GT bowling
Analyzing Gujarat’s bowling, Chopra felt that in their current form they looked like the best in the competition. Praising the GT attack, the 44-year-old said:
“What works for GT is bowling, which is a gun. You may not find a better bowling offense in the competition at this point. With money, you buy either stocks or real estate. GT decided to buy big real estate and bought Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph and Yash Dayal. Hardik Pandya also bowls. It is the strength of the team. »
Chopra explained that aside from skills, there is also a lot of variety in bowling. He pointed out:
“Gujarat also has rhythm and variety. Dayal is a left arm, Ferguson is a pistol death thrower and Shami is a pistol ball thrower. Alzarri Joseph comes in and does a good job in the middle. Rashid is obviously an excellent spinner.
Shami is Gujarat’s leading wicket taker in IPL 2022 so far. He has claimed 10 scalps in seven matches. Ferguson picked up nine and Rashid eight.