IPL 2023: Three Gujarat Titans (GT) Players Who Can Win The Purple Cap Award. Defending Champions Gujarat Titans will go into the upcoming IPL season as one of the favourites. The team will play its first match on the opening day of the tournament on the 31st of March against Chennai Super Kings in Ahmedabad at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
TATA IPL 2023 will last for 59 days across twelve venues with the final to be played on the 28th of May. The Hardik Pandya-led side has the right balance with enough options in all departments.
In this piece, we will discuss players who can win Purple Cap in the upcoming IPL season for the Gujarat Titans. The bowlers mentioned in the list have showcased skills with their variations and length in the past to outsmart the batsmen in the shorter format including the IPL.
#3 Lockie Ferguson-
The New Zealander has looked in decent form for the Black Caps in the shorter format and the 50-over format. The 31-year-old can surprise with his pace and is capable of hitting the deck hard to get that extra bounce. The pacer can run through the best batting line-ups with his seaming length and his clever out-swingers. Ferguson has a knack for breaking crucial partnerships.
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His deceptive length makes him a tricky operator. The Auckland born claimed 12 wickets in 13 IPL games last season with best bowling figures of 4/28. Lockie can fox the batsmen with his clever slower ones which he can adjust quite well even on fast wickets.
#2 Mohammed Shami-
Shami has evolved as India’s core strength in the pace department in the last few years with his wicket-taking abilities with the new ball as well as the old ball. The pacer can swing the ball both ways and his seam position allows him to reverse swing the ball when the ball is old.
The Uttar Pradesh-born wrist position allows him to get that extra seam movement both ways that can trouble the batsman during the run of play. Mohammed Shami has also worked well on his short balls over the last 3-4 years as he can adjust the length depending on the wicket.
He claimed 20 wickets in 16 IPL games last season with best bowling figures of 3/25. His fast full-length deliveries are difficult to handle in the death overs. Shami is surely amongst the favourites to win the Purple Cap for the Gujarat Titans.
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#1 Rashid Khan-
The Afghan leg spinner is undoubtedly the go-to man for Gujarat Titans and in the upcoming season, Rashid Khan will be the key to the team’s success. The 25-year-old can dominate any batting line-up on his day with his clever leg spin, faster ones, and flippers about his variations. Rashid Khan’s deliveries are difficult to pick especially due to his action.
Rashid Khan can adjust his length cleverly depending on the nature of the wicket. On turning wickets he often uses the wrong ones quite frequently but on fast wickets, he bowls quicker through the air. The leg spinner will be a vital link and his form will be crucial for the team. He took 19 wickets in 16 IPL games last season for Gujarat Titans claiming figures of 4/24. Rashid Khan is a match-winner on his day.