The golden boy from Punjab is undoubtedly the next big thing in Indian cricket. However, there still exists a question mark over his T20 prowess and power-hitting abilities. He is without a doubt an excellent strike rotator against spin, however, it will be interesting to see if he can enforce the issue in the powerplay.
Matthew Wade’s T20 career was almost over last year. He himself admits that he was deliberating about calling it quits when it comes to the shortest format in 2021. However, he decided to give it one last shot last T20 World Cup and proved to be a vital part of the Aussie side that went on to win the tournament. Although he remodeled himself as a finisher in the Australian setup, he will be required to play the role of an opener in Hardik Pandya’s team.
The left-hander from Chennai is a product of the Tamil Nadu Premier League. He impressed one and all in the limited opportunities that came his way last season. He was the top scorer for the Gujarat Titans in a low-scoring clash versus Punjab Kings and is definitely a talented prospect for the future.
Hardik Pandya is, in all likeliness, the biggest name in Indian T20 cricket at the moment and is the next captain in line. He has matured immensely as a cricketer and has transformed himself into a cerebral player. He will be the glue that holds this star-studded GT lineup together.
Another player who has evolved into an extremely consistent match-winner is David Miller. He is a potent threat both against pace and spin and has been a proven match-winner for the Ahmedabad-based franchise.
Rahul Tewatia is the textbook T20 utility player. He is equally handy with both bat and ball and also is a safe fielder. He has played some stunning knocks in the past and has taken his team to victory from the jaws of defeat. He is a definite starter and will play an important part in GT’s title defense.
Rashid Khan was rightly voted the ICC T20 player of the Decade last year. Despite there existing so much information about him going around, it is next to impossible to read his subtle variations and score off him, something that makes him an indispensable commodity for any team.
The tall pacey bowler from West Indies was the Titans’ surprise package last year. He has a latent advantage due to his left-handedness and is a threat with the new ball, especially with the new ball on pacer-friendly wickets.
Post the T20 World Cup, Mohammed Shami’s stock as a T20 bowler has definitely taken a hit. However, if used effectively, Shami is as good as anyone else upfront when the ball is swinging and still possesses a killer yorker in the death.
Sai Kishore is one of the most promising up-and-coming spinners in the country. A product of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, the left-arm spinner has made a name for himself thanks to his economical bowling both in the powerplay and the middle overs and will be an exciting talent to watch out for come 2023.
The tall left-arm fast bowler from Uttar Pradesh was one of the finds of the last season. He blossomed under the able tutelage of Ashish Nehra and picked 11 wickets in just 9 games. Although his line and lengths can be inconsistent at times, he is definitely a talent for the future who must be invested in.