Can GT Still Make It To IPL 2024 Playoffs After Crushing Win Over CSK?

GT are languishing at the 8th position in table [AP]
GT are languishing at the 8th position in table [AP]

Gujarat Titans (GT) displayed aggressive intent for the first time this IPL 2024 season to secure a 35-run win over the mighty CSK and lived to see another day in the tournament. But with two games left on the schedule, can Shubman Gill still lead his side to the playoffs?

GT, the former IPL champions and last year’s runners-up, struggled to grapple with the captaincy transition as Shubman Gill and co. lacked necessary intent in the fast paced and highly competitive IPL 2024 season. 

However, on the cusp of playoff elimination, GT produced their A game against the mighty CSK last night to fetch a 35-run mega victory. 

That being said, with 2 games left in the season, GT’s qualification chances are bleak but mathematically possible.

Gujarat Titans ditched the bottom place of the points table following the CSK win to climb to 8th place with 10 points in 12 games. Titans are just above the eliminated teams, Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians.

GT's playoffs qualification scenario explained! 

Now, GT has just 2 games left on the schedule, which essentially means the maximum points GT can get is 14. However, even 14 points alone won’t be enough for GT to accomplish the far-fetched playoff dream.

GT’s biggest enemy momentarily is their negative net run rate. With a -1.063 NRR, it’s impossible for Titans to fall into the positive zone in just two games. And to further add to the misery, GT’s upcoming games are against table toppers KKR and the in-form SRH side.

That being said, even if GT somehow manages to win these games on the trot with the winning momentum on their side, Shubman Gill would still have to pray for LSG, DC and CSK’s downfall since SRH already have 14 points on the table.

Overall, Gujarat Titans (GT) qualification chances are just mathematically and theoretically possible at this point, as the abysmal NRR will hurt them the most as IPL 2024 season nears its business end of things in the coming couple of weeks.