The league stage matches of IPL 2023 have come to an end and now we will be moving into the last stage today, the playoffs. The defending champions, Gujarat Titans, will be up against the four-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings, in Qualifier 1 to be played today at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The team winning the match will reach one step closer to the dream of winning the IPL trophy. It is to be seen whether it will be two out of two IPL finals for the Gujarat team or will the team from the South of India, having an exceptional fan base will have a shot at their fifth IPL title.
This high-octane clash is basically a contest between the young guns and the rising stars of Gujarat Titans and the experienced and seasoned veterans of Chennai Super Kings.
Gujarat’s journey this season has been very similar to the previous one and if we had to describe it with one word, the word would be Dominant. Their champions this year have been their rising stars Shubhman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Noor Ahmad, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammed Shami, and Mohit Sharma.
Chennai team faced a few hiccups in their journey but they steadied the ship whenever required and hence find themselves playing Qualifier 1 now and not Eliminator. Their seasoned veterans and young guns Shivam Dube, Devon Conway, Matheesha Pathirana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, and Tushar Deshpande have been the pillars of the team this season.
It is going to be a fight between two very competitive teams and two very smart captains – M.S. Dhoni (CSK), who is the captain cool, and Hardik Pandya (GT), who follows the same ideology as his idol MSD.
Both these teams don’t depend heavily on 1-2 players to win the game for them instead the players in these teams join hands and give their all to register a victory.
In such a high-pressure match, it is going to be the test of captaincy for Hardik Pandya as to how he calms down his rising stars and gets the best out of them whereas for Dhoni the task is going to be to use the experience of his veterans to the advantage of his team and play the opponents in this Qualifier 1.