IPL 2023: Rashid Khan will be the trump card for Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1, says Virender Sehwag | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag believes that on the spin-friendly Chepauk track, Gujarat Titans will heavily depend on their star spinner Rashid Khan. Sehwag also termed Rashid as the trump card for the defending champions.
Gujarat Titans are set to face Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2023.
“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.

IPL 2023, Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings ready for Gujarat Titans challenge


IPL 2023, Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings ready for Gujarat Titans challenge

Both CSK and GT have been similar in their approach and it will be an evenly-poised contest at Chepauk when these two heavyweights collide in the first Playoff match of the season.
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said two teams are tactically similar and that will make the contest between them interesting.
“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 said.
Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh believes the home condition will give CSK a slight advantage but the Dhoni-led side hasn’t been able to convert Chepauk into an impregnable fortress this year, unlike in the past, but the Playoffs experience will bode this team well.


GT vs CSK IPL 2023 Qualifier 1: Chennai take on Gujarat at Chepauk

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“The contest between CSK and GT will be intense as both teams know how to win big games. CSK playing at home is a big advantage, they know the conditions well but somewhere their performance at home hasn’t been foolproof this year. So this makes things interesting but CSK looks a completely different side when it plays in the Playoffs. I am really looking forward to this match,” Harbhajan said.
“Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway come to the ground with full preparation. They have been complimenting each other very well this season. They have given good starts to CSK and scored runs in abundance and entertained the spectators. The team whose openers play well, tend to score well and that is why CSK are in a good position today,” Harbhajan said.

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