Who is Darshan Nalkande, Gujarat Titans pacer playing first IPL 2023 match in Qualifier 1 vs CSK?

Defending champion Gujarat Titans made a surprise call by naming uncapped pacer Darshan Nalkande in the starting XI against Chennai Super Kings during the IPL 2023 Qualifier 1 match at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.


Nalkande, who did not feature in a single league stage match this season, replaced left-arm seamer Yash Dayal as captain Hardik Pandya mentioned the change in the XI after opting to bowl at the toss.

Hailing from Maharashtra, Nalkande represents Vidarbha in domestic cricket.

The right-arm pacer had made headlines in the 2021-22 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy when he picked up four wickets in four consecutive deliveries in the semifinal against Karnataka. Nalkande became the second Indian to reach the landmark in T20 cricket behind Abhimanyu Mithun, who had achieved the feat for Karnataka in 2019. 

Nalkande, who was part of the Punjab Kings setup since te 2019 season, eventually made his IPL debut with the Titans last year. He featured in two matches, picking two wickets while conceding 59 runs across two matches.


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