Both the Gujarat Titans and the Chennai Super Kings will be seeking to maintain their winning ways when they face off against each other in Match 29 of the Indian Premier League 2022 on April 17 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. GT had won their last game by an innings and 37 runs against the Rajasthan Royals, while CSK defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by a margin of 23 runs in their most recent match.
The toss took place ahead of this vital match, and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan was spotted in the middle, with CSK leader Ravindra Jadeja, rather than normal captain Hardik Pandya. Given the fact that Hardik was unable to participate in the current match, cricket fans would have been left scratching their heads as to why Pandya was not participating in the first place.
What is the reason for Hardik Pandya’s absence from the match versus CSK?
Hardik Pandya has been suffering from stiffness in the groin region, and as a result, he was unable to play in the key match against CSK, despite being in the best form. Rashid himself acknowledged this after winning the toss and electing to field first.
“We’d like to field first. Hardik was experiencing some discomfort in his groin region, and as a team, we didn’t want to take any chances. He will take some time off and hopefully return for the following game. I’m overjoyed, it’s like a dream come true. So all I want to do is study as much as I possibly can while giving my all. Saha has replaced Matthew Wade in the lineup. It’s simply to even things out since Hardik isn’t here,” Rashid Khan said.
He was named Player of the Match against the Rajasthan Royals after scoring a scorching 87 runs off 52 deliveries at an exceptional strike rate of 167.3. The Titans will be without their skipper in this match. Furthermore, he showed good control with the ball, collecting 1/18 from his 2.3 overs.
The 28-year-old has scored 228 runs from five appearances, with an average of 76 and a strike rate of 136.53, including two half-centuries. In addition, he has four scalps to his credits.