Aakash Chopra has showered acclaim on the Gujarat Titans (GT) for turning into the first team to qualify for the IPL 2022 final.
The Titans crushed the Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets with three balls in excess in Tuesday’s (May 24) Qualifier 1 game. The IPL rookies will get to play the title decider at their home ground, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
GT Are Absolute Stellar: Aakash Chopra
While reviewing the GT-RR conflict in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra featured that the Gujarat Titans have turned into an all-vanquishing unit. He elaborated:
“They (GT) were the first team to qualify (for the playoffs), table-toppers in the league phase and the first team to reach the finals as well. They are absolutely stellar, aren’t they? Whatever they do, they do that absolutely correctly. Gujarat Titans is the Titanic no iceberg comes in front of.”
Talking about the Titans’ bowling exertion in Tuesday’s contest, the cricketer-turned-commentator was all applause for Rashid Khan, saying:
“Despite Rajasthan scoring a total of 188, Rashid gave only 15 runs in his four overs. What a guy he is, he is from a different planet. Everyone is getting hit for 10-12 runs per over, he gave 15 runs in four overs, people are conceding that in one over these days.”
Despite the fact that Rashid went wicketless, he was very prudent. Pandya was the just other GT bowler to yield under 10 runs an over.
Matthew Wade Striking At The Right Moment For GT: Aakash Chopra
Considering the Gujarat Titans’ pursuit, Aakash Chopra brought up that they were given an early blow. He observed:
“Run chase could have been good if they had gotten off to a good start. Wriddhiman Saha came and went, Trent Boult was there in front of him. The ball was coming in and then it went out, he got cheated, was dismissed for zero in the first over.”
The 44-year-old commended Matthew Wade for adapting to the situation in a pivotal game. Chopra explained:
“Matthew Wade was there with Shubman Gill. Matthew Wade has been an underperformer so far. But cometh the hour, cometh the man. They were crucial 35 runs, they did come off 30 balls, but two wickets didn’t fall consecutively.”
Aakash Chopra Applauds Hardik Pandya And David Miller For Taking GT Across The Line
Chopra closed by commending Hardik Pandya and David Miller for taking the Titans across the line.
“Shubman Gill was playing well but got run out. Then, first Hardik Pandya with Matthew Wade and when Wade got out, now what? Miller was playing cautiously at the start, Hardik Pandya was a bit aggressive to begin with. By the end, Hardik also scored 40 runs off 27 balls and David Miller was absolutely exceptional.”
The Gujarat Titans required 104 runs off 63 balls when Miller joined Pandya in the center. The pair remained unseparated until the end as the Titans pursued down the 189-run target effortlessly.