GT's Matthew Wade To Miss IPL 2024 Opener Against Mumbai Indians

Gujarat Titans's Matthew Wade to miss first two IPL matches []Gujarat Titans's Matthew Wade to miss first two IPL matches []

Gujarat Titans will start their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 campaign without their star wicketkeeper-batter, Matthew Wade, as he commits to playing in the Sheffield Shield final for Tasmania.

The Sheffield Shield decider, slated for March 21-25 in Hobart, overlaps with the early stages of IPL 2024, which kicks off on March 22. 

Consequently, Wade will be unavailable for the Titans' opening match against Mumbai Indians on March 24 in Ahmedabad and is also expected to miss the subsequent game against the Chennai Super Kings on March 26.

At 37 years old, Matthew Wade is an experienced left-handed wicketkeeper-batter with a significant role in the Titans' lineup. Since making his IPL debut in 2011, Wade has played 13 matches, scoring 179 runs at an average of 13.77.

His commitment to Tasmania's potential title win—their first since the 2012-13 season—speaks volumes about his dedication to his home team. Tasmania's secure spot in the final comes with the possibility of hosting the event in Hobart, adding to the significance for Wade and his teammates.

Wade, who has been with the Gujarat Titans since their victorious 2022 season, has agreed upon his IPL absence with the franchise. 

"He's spoken with his IPL franchise, and they're happy to allow him to stay here," said Tasmania head coach Jeff Vaughan, highlighting the support from the Titans.

Gujarat Titans face a challenging start to IPL 2024 without Wade and are also dealing with the absence of Mohammed Shami, who played a crucial role in India's ODI World Cup campaign.

The team looks to navigate these early hurdles as they prepare for their third match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 31, when Wade is expected to rejoin the squad.