Saurabh Saket ∙ Nov 17 2022, 10:07 AM

Was the debut season a fluke or can Gujarat Titans do it again?

image-laks93kdGujarat Titans stunned everyone winning the IPL title in their debut season (Source: Twitter)

The defending champions Gujarat Titans surprised everyone as the franchised cruised past their competition to clinch the Indian Premier League in 2022 to become the second franchise after Rajasthan Royals to do so.

While their first ride might have been a fairytale it doesn't take too long for stories to take a bitter turn. The franchise have build a great squad built around youth and experience but do they have what it takes to prove everyone that the first win was not a fluke, let's have a look!

List of Released Players: Dominic Drakes, Gurkeerat Singh, Varun Aaron
List of Traded Players: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lockie Ferguson
Remaining Purse for IPL Auction 2023: ₹ 19.25 crores
Remaining Overseas Slots for IPL 2023: 4 players
Total Slots Remaining for IPL 2023: 6 players

Are Pandya's men prepared for their biggest challenge

image-laktkajuHardik Pandya will be eager to prove his leadership skills once again (Source: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya and his men will be eager to repeat their heroics following the fairytale run in IPL 2022. The team looks solid at the moment but there are a couple of massive issues that still need to be answered. 

One, can someone tell me why on earth were Wriddhiman Saha and Matthew Wade retained, I would say the same with 'Mr 3D' Vijay Shankar but he's an Indian allrounder that can give you that odd outings, so yeah there's that but why Wade and Saha, that is just preposterous and makes no sense at all.

I know that Gujarat believe that they have safe hands behind the stumps when it comes to either Saha or Wade, but if were up to me I'd rather be done with the two and go for a better replacement in KS Bharat. 

The lack of a premium overseas pacer

image-lakvvh40Lockie Ferguson was traded to the Knight Riders for a sum of ₹ 10 crores (Source: Twitter)

With all honesty, I dread for Gujarat's pace attack this season, the team has some good names in Mohammad Shami and Alzarri Joseph but trading Lockie Ferguson seems like a far fetched move. It's understandable that he commanded a hefty price tag and has been off form for a while, but he's going to be void one that I can guarantee Joseph wont be able to fill.

Ferguson was a great option during the slog overs and handling the same responsibilities to either Shami or Joseph is a big gamble, the side have a good sum in their wallet and should look for a good overseas death bowler.

Most Suitable Fit: Chris Jordan, the English allrounder could be the perfect snuggle fit into the death bowling specialist position. I'll agree that his performances haven't been on par when it comes to the hottest franchise league, but he could give be a great asset to franchise.

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