IPL 2023: Why Is Hardik Pandya Not Playing In Today’s GT vs KKR Match

The primary match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) double header on Sunday is being performed between the Gujarat Titans and the Kolkata Knight Riders on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Whereas everybody was anticipating dwelling captain Hardik Pandya to stroll out for the toss, it was Rashid Khan as an alternative who got here to the toss which caught not solely followers however even the broadcasters and commentators by suprise.

Nonetheless, Rashid who’s main the crew on this match and has determined to bat first after profitable the toss later clarified why was the star all-rounder not enjoying this match.

“Simply unwell barely (Hardik), do not need to take dangers with him. As a crew we’ll attempt to play good cricket. We wish to bat effectively and put runs on the board. Only one change, Vijay Shankar is in for Hardik,” he instructed Sanjay Manjrekar on the toss.

In the meantime, KKR captain Nitish Rana admitted that even they might have appeared to bat first in sizzling climate circumstances and felt that defending may have been simpler. He introduced two adjustments to their Taking part in XI as Lockie Ferguson replaces Tim Southee whereas Mandeep Singh needed to make means for Jagadeesan.

“We wished to bat first as effectively due to the climate and circumstances. I felt defending is likely to be simpler. We had in our minds that batting first could be the way in which to go in order that our spinners could make use of the floor within the second half nevertheless it’s okay. Now we have two adjustments. Lockie Fergusoncomes in for Tim Southee and Mandeep Singh makes means for Jagadeesan,” Rana stated on the toss.

Gujarat Titans (Taking part in XI): Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan (captain), Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal

Kolkata Knight Riders (Taking part in XI): Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), N Jagadeesan, Nitish Rana (captain), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Suyash Sharma, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy

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