Irfan Pathan, former Indian cricketer, has pointed out a significant issue in the batting line-up of Gujarat Titans during the ongoing IPL. The defending champions have faced difficulties in finding a consistent number three batsman.
Hardik Pandya gained admiration last season for his exceptional displays, leading the GT team to their maiden championship victory. In the previous edition, he amassed 487 runs in 15 innings, boasting an impressive average of 44.27 and a strike rate of 131.27. However, this season, Pandya has fallen short of expectations, scoring only 281 runs in 11 IPL 2023 matches, maintaining an average of 31.22 and a strike rate of 130.69.
"Gujarat Titans are facing a batting conundrum at number 3. Hardik hasn't been able to live up to the expectations with the bat this year. But if he isn't firing at number three, it will be tough for the team management to figure out whom to send on this position," Irfan Pathan said while speaking on Star Sports' Cricket Live.
"Gujarat Titans can be the first team to qualify for the playoffs with a win against SRH. Captain Hardik Pandya looked unhappy with his and his team's performance in the previous game and they'll be looking to make a comeback. Their performance away from home has been good and they'll be looking to improve the winning record at home this time," Mohammed Kaif said while speaking on Star Sports Cricket Live.