Gujarat Titans (GT) have impressed one and all with their performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The defending champions won 10 out of their 14 matches to finish the league stage at the top.
The Titans are due to take on four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2023 at Chepauk on Tuesday (May 23).
Ahead of the big game, former India opener Virender Sehwag has picked Rashid Khan as GT’s trump card.
While Rashid is the joint highest wicket-taker in IPL 2023 with 24 scalps from 14 games, GT opener Shubman Gill is second on the list of top run-getters this season. However, Sehwag feels Rashid is a bigger threat to CSK.
"Rashid Khan is the trump card for Gujarat. If they want wickets, they bring him. And then the way Hardik has used Rashid, it is commendable. Rashid likes to break partnerships and now he has become the most successful bowler of this season on the basis of his excellent performance," Sehwag said on Cricbuzz.
Ex-India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also shared his views on GT and CSK, citing that the two teams are similar in terms of the tactical approach they adopt.
"Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans have been very similar teams tactically. Both these teams don't look to make too much of changes and the leadership group keeps the atmosphere light in the dressing room. The battle between these two in playoffs will be an interesting one," Manjrekar stated.