GT vs CSK: During the Qualifier-1 Match Against the Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya Played a Big Masterstroke. He Gave Yash Dayal a Break Against the Chennai Super Kings. He Gave the Opportunity to the Bowler Who Had Been Providing Water Throughout the Season.
In the thrilling encounter between the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings during the IPL 2023 qualifier-1, Gujarat Titans’ captain, Hardik Pandya, made a surprising decision that caught everyone off guard. Hardik opted to make a significant change to his playing eleven at such a critical juncture when every team aims to field their best players. This unexpected move may have even shocked the bettors who placed their wagers on the CSK vs. GT match. Hardik, in collaboration with coach Ashish Nehra, chose to bench Yash Dayal, the bowler who had been primarily serving as the team’s water carrier throughout the season, and gave Darshan Nalkande a chance to prove his mettle.
Gujarat Titans: The Defending Champions
The Gujarat Titans emerged as the champions of the IPL in the previous season after defeating the Rajasthan Royals in the final. Hardik, in his debut season as captain, left a lasting impression on everyone with his leadership skills. In the current season, the Gujarat Titans secured a spot in the playoffs and dominated the points table by holding the number one position. Hence, the decision to change the playing eleven against CSK came as a surprise to both fans and experts alike.
Introducing Darshan Nalkande
Darshan Nalkande, hailing from Wardha, Maharashtra, was acquired by the Gujarat Titans for a modest base price of 20 lakhs. Playing for Vidarbha in domestic cricket, Darshan showcases his skills as a left-arm medium-pace bowler. However, his last competitive match was in November, where he faced Rajasthan in domestic cricket. Throughout the current IPL season, Darshan had been relegated to the dugout, primarily entrusted with the responsibilities of conveying the captain’s messages to the batting players or providing water to the team.
Yash Dayal’s Memorable Mishap
Whenever Yash Dayal’s name is mentioned, cricket enthusiasts instantly recall the infamous encounter between him and Rinku Singh of the Kolkata Knight Riders. Yash became a subject of discussion after Rinku hit five sixes in the final over bowled by Yash, ultimately leading KKR to a remarkable victory. Unfortunately, Yash’s troubles did not end there. He subsequently fell ill and experienced a significant weight loss of eight to nine kilograms. Although he made a comeback after a month, Yash struggled to make an impact with his bowling performance.