Former Indian skipper and legend Sunil Gavaskar reckons the Gujarat Titans (GT) could be one of the top four teams once again and will qualify for the playoffs in the IPL 2024.
This time GT will be under Shubman Gill’s leadership and Ashish Nehra’s guidance. Hardik Pandya led the Ahmedabad-based franchise in the last two seasons and took the team to the finals in both seasons.
The Gujarat Titans won the title in IPL 2022 which was their inaugural season and then finished as the runners-up last season after being defeated by Chennai Super Kings who won their fifth IPL title last year.
However, GT will be without Hardik Pandya’s services this year as their former captain was traded to his former franchise the Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL auction. Hardik Pandya will be leading the Mumbai Indians this season and meanwhile, Gujarat Titans announced Shubman Gill as their new captain.
Gujarat Titans is coached by former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra who has a very managerial kind of approach towards the franchise. He is always seen standing on the sidelines and giving regular suggestions to his team during the match just like a football manager does for their club.
He was asked to be the head coach of Gujarat Titans in 2022 and he guided them to the title in the inaugural season itself. Nehra is one of the most strategic coaches in the IPL and his guidance can be seen with the success the franchise has achieved in just a couple of seasons.
Sunil Gavaskar was asked during a discussion on Star Sports about the Gujarat Titans‘ prospects in IPL 2024 under Shubman Gill’s captaincy. He responded, “Over and above, Ashish Nehra will be the one who will be holding the reins. With Ashish Nehra holding the reins and guiding Shubman Gill, I won’t be surprised if the Gujarat Titans once again get into the top four.”
Gujarat Titans Has A Strong Squad Going Into The IPL 2024
The 2022 IPL Champions have built a strong squad for this season and have a strong lineup with the likes of Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson, David Miller, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, and Matthew Wade in the squad.
They acquired players like Spencer Johnson, Azmatullah Omarzai, Shahrukh Khan, and Umesh Yadav in the IPL auctions and have built a very balanced squad for the upcoming IPL season.
The most difficult task in this team will be for Shubman Gill who will be leading any side in his career for the first time and it will be challenging for him to get the best out of every player and lead the side from the front. We have seen young captains flourishing in the IPL with the likes of Rohit Sharma(2013), Shreyas Iyer (2019), and Rishabh Pant (2022).
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is expected to start in the third week of March and will end in the last week of May. Gujarat Titans are one of the favorites to qualify for the playoffs this season and they would be hoping to play their third consecutive final in the Indian Premier League.
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