IPL 2023 GT vs KKR: Rashid Khan is captaining Gujarat Titans in place of Hardik Pandya against Kolkata Knight Riders. After winning the toss, Rashid explained the reason behind Pandya not playing
Image Credit source: Hardik Pandya instagram
New Delhi.What happened to Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya suddenly after the toss against Kolkata Knight Riders, this is the question running in everyone’s mind. The teams of Gujarat and KKR are face to face in the 13th match of IPL. Nitish Rana came from KKR for the toss, but Rashid Khan came from Gujarat instead of Hardik Pandya.
Everyone was surprised to see Rashid captaining instead of Pandya. After winning the toss, Rashid also told the reason behind Pandya not playing. After winning the toss, Gujarat chose to bat first. Rashid then explained why he had to take over the captaincy in a hurry.
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Pandya does not want to take risk
Rashid told that Pandya is ill and he did not want to take any risk. The management also did not want to risk Pandya’s fitness in the big tournament. Vijay Shankar was included in the playing eleven in place of Pandya. This is the second time when Hardik Pandya was ruled out of any Gujarat match.
🚨 Toss Update 🚨@gujarat_titans win the toss and elect to bat first against @KKRiders,
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— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 9, 2023
Rashid snatched the victory
Last year, even against Chennai Super Kings, Pandya could not play for Gujarat and Rashid captained in his place. Rashid not only captained, but also took away the victory from the face of Chennai. In that match, Rashid hit 40 runs in 21 balls and gave the team a 3-wicket win one ball earlier. Last season, Gujarat made its debut in IPL and became the champion in the first season as well. This season also he won both his opening matches.
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