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GT vs CSK IPL 2022: Why is Hardik Pandya Not Playing Today? Who is Gujarat Titans Captain?

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Hardik Pandya IPL 2022: In a big breaking news development, Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya is not playing the today Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. While returning to complete fitness in the ongoing edition of the T20 tournament, Hardik had been contributing amazingly well so far both in the batting as well as bowling departments. Under his captaincy, the Gujarat Titans have managed to win 4 out of their 5 matches in IPL 2022.

GT vs CSK IPL 2022: Why is Hardik Pandya Not Playing Today? Who is Gujarat Titans Captain?

After winning the toss and opting to bowl first, Gujarat Titans stand-in captain Rashid Khan revealed the massive news that the regular skipper Hardik Pandya is not playing today because of a bit of stiffness in the groin area. In the last match against Rajasthan Royals, Hardik delivered a sensational performance especially with the bat while playing an outstanding unbeaten innings of 87 runs off just 52 balls that included 8 fours and 4 sixes. He also took a wicket with the ball but then looked in a bit of pain and eventually left the field. The Gujarat Titans captain failed to complete his full quota of overs in that match, however, Rashid gave a good news that Pandya is likely to return for the next game.

“We would like to bowl first. Bit of stiffness in the groin area for Hardik, so as a team we didn’t want to take a chance. He will rest and hopefully be back for the next game. Super excited, it’s kind of a dream. So I just want to learn as much as I can and give 100 percent. Matthew Wade is out and Saha is in. It’s just to balance it out as Hardik is absent,” said Gujarat Titans stand-in captain Rashid Khan at the toss.

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Hardik Pandya Stats in IPL

Matches Runs Wickets IPL 2022 Performance Recent Form
97 1704 46 228 runs (5 games) 87* & 1/18, 50* & 1/27, 27 & 1/36, 31 & 1/22, 33, 35*, 23

Gujarat Titans vs Chennai Super Kings: Confirmed GT Playing 11

In the absence of Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat Titans have made as many as two changes in their playing 11. The duo of Alzarri Joseph and Wriddhiman Saha have come in for Hardik Pandya and Matthew Wade.

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GT Playing 11
1. Shubman Gill
2. Wriddhiman Saha (wk)
3. Vijay Shankar
4. David Miller
5. Abhinav Manohar
6. Rahul Tewatia
7. Rashid Khan (C)
8. Mohammed Shami
9. Alzarri Joseph
10. Yash Dayal

11. Lockie Ferguson

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GT 2022 Squad: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Rashid Khan, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Shami, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lockie Ferguson, Abhinav Sadarangani, Rahul Tewatia, Noor Ahmed, R Sai Kishore, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Varun Aaron, B Sai Sudharshan.

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