Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans Team Guide

Gujarat Titans is a professional franchise cricket team that is part of the Indian Premier League.

Gujarat Titans Team Background

The Gujarat Titans team was founded in 2021 to be a brand new franchise in the IPL which had been established since 2008. The team is based in the city of Ahmenabdad in the state of Gujarat. The coach was announced to be former India national cricket team seamer Ashish Nehra, and the captain was to be a previous winner of four IPLs (all with Mumbai Indians) all rounder Hardik Pandya. The Gujarat Titans were largely written off before its first season, even after the player draft, but remarkably they won the IPL in that first season.

Where Do The Gujarat Titans Play?

The Gujarat Titans play at the World’s largest cricket venue the cavernous Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The stadium was rebuilt and completed in 2020 boasting a capacity of 132,000.  

Gujarat Titans Players 

India opener Shubnam Gill is the biggest name in terms of current national team players, experienced seamer Mohammed Shami is also a Gujarat Titans player. Overseas stars include New Zealand national cricket team talisman Kane Williamson, Afghanistan star leg spinner Rashid Khan, big hitting South African finisher David Miller and West Indies cricket team duo Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith.

Memorable Games For The Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans’ IPL bow came in March 2022 against fellow new boys Lucknow Super Giants at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The battle of the new boys was a tense affair but it was the Gujarat Titans team who prevailed. Bowling first Mohammed Shami dismissed Lucknow skipper KL Rahul first ball of the match he also saw off South Africa national cricket team star Quinton de Kock and Manish Pandey in a brilliant opening spell that left the batting team struggling on 29 for 4. Fifties from Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni staged a rescue act that got Lucknow up to 158 for 6. The Gujarat Titans reply also started with early wickets before Matthew Wade and Pandya got things back on track. However, it was Rahul Tawatia who was the hero who hit an excellent unbeaten 40 off 24 balls as the Titans made a winning start to IPL life. They would, against all odds, go on to win 10 of 14 groups matches to finish top of the table and then reach the final at the first attempt.

In that final they met Rajasthan Royals on home soil at Ahmedabad. Watched by a raucous crowd of over 100,000 spectators Royals failed to capitalise on winning the toss and batting first as they limped to a disappointing 130 for 9. England cricket team star Jos Buttler made 39 but by his standards he never got going facing 35 balls.  Skipper Hardik Pandaya was the main man with the ball taking 3 for 17 including Buttler in his allocation of overs. Shubman Gill played a steady hand with the bat in reply making a composed 45 not out along wide Pandya who added 34 runs to his wickets and a quickfire 32 not out from David Miller as the Gujarat Titans breezed serenely to the title winning with 11 balls and 7 wickets to spare.