Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals Players Battles Preview:
There is no denying the fact that it is the two best two teams this season who will contest the finals. Gujarat Titans had the better of the Rajasthan Royals in the first qualifier. They overcame a stiff chase of 189 to muscle through to the finals. RR had to defeat RCB in the second qualifier to book a spot. It is now time for that one big leap to take the crown home. Titans will be wary of the Royals in this finale. let us dive into GT vs RR Key Players Battles in detail…
We look at the GT vs RR Key Players Battles in this game:
#1 Shubman Gill vs Trent Boult
The GT opener looked in fine flow until he got out in the first qualifier. Shubman Gill has a sense for the big occasion. He doesn’t seem overawed. Gill will know a special knock in the finals will be remembered for ages. He will be hurt knowing he isn’t in the current scheme of things for India in the shortest format. His 400+ runs this season have failed to catch the attention of selectors. But a game-changing knock in the finals can quickly change everything.
He won’t be having it easy against RR’s new-ball weapon, Trent Boult. The left-arm seamer is known to notch up his game on big occasions. He won the player of the match award in the IPL 2020 finals. Boult will be fired up to repeat the magic. He will fancy his chances against the right-handed opening duo of GT. If Boult manages to get Gill early, it will be a body blow served to GT.
#2 Hardik Pandya vs Yuzvendra Chahal
He was right there till the end for the Titans in the first qualifier. Hardik Pandya played a fine yet understated captain’s knock in a tense chase. He played second fiddle to David Miller’s brilliance. A lot will be riding on Pandya in the big finals. The GT team has looked for its skipper when the going has got tough for them.
How Hardik channelizes his inner batsmanship against the wizardry of Yuzvendra Chahal will be a big talking point. The GT captain has managed to come out on top both times these two sides have met so far. But expect the wily Chahal to weave his magic in the finals.
#3 Jos Buttler vs Rashid Khan
It looked as if the orange cap holder this season had lost his touch at the end of the league stage. Jos Buttler’s league phase returns were a story of two halves. He smashed 491 runs in the first 7 games. But ended up with a meager return of 138 runs in the next 7 games.
He struggled largely in the first half of the innings against RR in the first qualifier. But he found his rhythm in the slog overs. He continued his form in the second qualifier. Buttler powered his way to his fourth century this season. He is RR’s tour de force. If he manages to overcome the Rashid Khan challenge, RR can look to add a second title to their name.
#4 Sanju Samson vs Sai Kishore
The RR captain, Sanju Samson has been phenomenal this season. He has been selfless at times. Samson has looked to go after the bowling right from ball one. He has cared little for bowlers’ reputations. The Indian section snub will be hurting Samson deep down. But he has shown his way of pacing the innings is the need of the hour.
He will get one more chance, the biggest of them all to put on a show. Samson will be facing up to Sai Kishore in the middle overs. The youngster has been impressive right throughout. He tied down Samson in the first qualifier. Samson will be looking to dominate him this time around.