GT vs KKR: Why is Hardik Pandya Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match? Who is GT Captain?

Published on: Apr 9, 2023 3:05 pm IST|Updated on: Apr 9, 2023 3:21 pm IST

Hardik Pandya Not Playing GT vs KKR IPL 2023

In a massive breaking news development, Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya is not playing their third encounter of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) season against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) being played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. After having won the IPL trophy during their maiden IPL 2022 season, the Gujarat Titans have once again started off really well in this edition of IPL 2023 with two amazing back-to-back victories against Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals.

GT vs KKR: Why is Hardik Pandya Not Playing Today’s IPL 2023 Match? Who is GT Captain?

After having won the toss and opting to bat first, the Gujarat Titans stand-in captain Rashid Khan revealed the big news that regular captain Hardik Pandya is not part of the GT Playing 11 for this GT vs KKR IPL 2023 match. Rashid further mentioned that Pandya is just unwell and thus, he was not available for selection. Incidentally, Hardik has gone wicketless in both the matches so far and has not contributed well with the bat either. In his absence, leg-spinner Rashid Khan will be leading the side while the Gujarat Titans have also included the duo of Vijay Shankar and Abhinav Manohar in the GT Playing XI.

“We would like to bat first, looks like a fresh wicket. Just unwell slightly, don’t want to take risks with him. As a team we will try to play good cricket. Just one change, Vijay Shankar is in for Hardik,” said Gujarat Titans stand-in captain Rashid Khan during the toss.

GT Playing 11

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

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Hardik Pandya IPL 2023 Price

Hardik Pandya was appointed the captain of the Gujarat Titans and he was their first pick in the draft at a massive price of INR 15 Crore. In his very first IPL 2022 season as captain, Hardik helped the Gujarat Titans win the title and also performed incredibly well both with the bat and ball. Pandya smashed nearly 500 runs and also picked up 8 wickets from 15 matches.

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