In the final of IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans (Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals) captured the title by showing a great game. Debutants Gujarat Titans have crowned the Indian Premier League (IPL) champions on Sunday after they beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the final in Ahmedabad.
Opting to bat first, 2008 champions Rajasthan never got going and posted a below-par 130-9 with Jos Buttler, this IPL’s leading scorer, top-scoring for them with a rather subdued 39. Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya (3-17) led by example with the ball, dismissing counterpart Sanju Samson, opener Buttler, and Rajasthan’s middle, order lynchpin Shimron Hetmyer. Pandya shone with the bat too, scoring 34 and forging a 63-run stand with Shubman Gill to help Gujarat overcome a slow start to their chase. Opener Gill remained unbeaten on 45, sealing Gujarat’s victory with a six and with 11 balls to spare.
.@gujarat_titans winning their maiden IPL Title in their maiden IPL season at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad! @GCAMotera 🏆 🔝— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 29, 2022
Stuff that dreams are made of! ☺️ 👏
W. O. W! 🙌 🙌#TATAIPL pic.twitter.com/qNMtJZHwDv
Defeating Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in the final, Gujarat did wonders to win the title in the debut IPL season (IPL). In the final, Gujarat captain Hardik Pandya appeared in his best form, performing well with both bat and ball, and managed to win the title for his team. He also did a wonderful job of winning the Player of the Match title in the final. Jos Buttler of Rajasthan was awarded the title of Player of the Series.
Ashish Nehra etched his name on the history books at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The former left-arm pacer became the first Indian head coach to win the IPL. If Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya was their hero on the field, off the field it was the support staff led by former India pacer Ashish Nehra that played a crucial role in GT winning the IPL title in their first attempt. In all the previous 14 editions of the Indian Premier League, the title-winning side had a foreign head coach but Nehra broke the pattern with GT this year. Nehra also became only the third cricketer to have won the IPL both as a head coach and as a player after Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne. The former India left-arm seamer played for Sunrisers Hyderabad when they won IPL in 2016 under David Warner’s captaincy. Ponting was a part of the Mumbai Indians squad when they won their maiden IPL title in 2013. In 2015, he was MI’s head coach when they won their second title.
The legendary Shane Warne was both the coach and captain of the Rajasthan Royals when they won the inaugural edition in 2008.
Kirsten, who coached India to the 2011 World Cup title, was all praise for Hardik who excelled both as skipper and player in the team’s very first season.
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