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IPL 2023: “I feel No.5 is the proper batting place for Hardik Pandya, batting at No.4 is just a little excessive”

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has opined that Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya ought to bat at No.5 within the batting order in IPL 2023.

Hardik was the best run-scorer for the Titans of their title success final season, scoring 487 runs in 15 matches at a strike fee of 131.26, together with 4 half-centuries.

Hardik Pandya promoted himself up the batting order slightly than slotting within the decrease center order. The Titans skipper batted at No. 4 in 12 out of 15 innings in IPL 2022 and that allowed him to bat with a free mindset.

Nevertheless, AB de Villiers, a veteran of 184 IPL matches for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, desires Hardik Pandya to push right down to No. 5 and slot David Miller at No. 4 with all-rounder Rahul Tewatia at No. 6.

De Villiers mentioned on Jio Cinema:

“Hardik Pandya batting at No.4 for my part is just a little excessive. In a super world, I wish to have him at No.5 or 6. However I feel No.5 is the proper place for him. If it could actually stability out with the right-left (mixture) and the match state of affairs, I do not suppose there’s a higher place for him.”

He added:

“You’ve got David Miller round him, Tewatia and Rashid Khan down the order at 7. I wish to see them break up the 2 lefties. Have Hardik at No.5, Miller at No.4 and Tewatia at No.6.”

The Titans retained 18 out of 25 gamers from their victorious squad final season and launched 5 gamers. The CVC Capitals-owned franchise traded Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Lockie Ferguson to Kolkata Knight Riders forward of the public sale.

De Villiers mentioned that GT have a balanced squad within the batting and bowling departments and are more likely to cement their place on the prime of the desk.

He mentioned:

“Stability is the important thing. They’ve a match-winning and tournament-winning bowling assault. Additionally very skilled with a mixture of youth of their batting line-up. They have been no shock to me after I noticed them within the last final 12 months. It is not going to shock me to see them on the prime once more.”

“The opposite groups can be coming for them” AB de Villiers on Hardik Pandya & Co.

Gujarat Titans surprised everybody with their phenomenal success in IPL 2022 with a younger pool of expertise and some skilled campaigners.

The Hardik Pandya-led facet gained 10 out of 14 league matches final season to prime the factors desk and defeated Rajasthan Royals twice within the playoffs, together with a seven-wicket win within the last.

Talking on the strain Gujarat Titans must defend the cup in IPL 2023, de Villiers defined:

“Everytime you do properly, particularly in an enormous event like this or as a person. When you have got back-to-back performances, there’s something you name expectation. The Gujarat Titans followers can be anticipating them to exit and do it once more. The opposite groups can be coming for them.”

Gujarat will play the IPL 2023 opener towards Chennai Tremendous Kings on Friday (March 31) on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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Edited by Siddharth Dhananjay



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