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Why Is Hardik Pandya Not Playing For Gujarat Titans Against Chennai Super Kings?

New Delhi: In what came as a big blow for Gujarat Titans, their in-form captain Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday. In his absence, the captaincy duties were taken by star spinner Rashid Khan, who also revealed during the toss that the all-rounder has been ruled out of the CSK vs GT IPL 2022 match due to ‘stiffness in the groin area’.

“We would like to bowl first. A bit of stiffness in the groin area for Hardik, so as a team we didn’t want to take a chance. He will rest and hopefully be back for the next game. Super excited, it’s kind of a dream. So I just want to learn as much as I can and give 100 percent. Matthew Wade is out and Saha is in. It’s just to balance it out as Hardik is absent,” Rashid was quoted as saying during the toss.

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Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya is currently in great form but is troubled by his fitness issues. Also, Hardik has done remarkably well as a captain and individually as well. Gujarat currently sits at the top spot in IPL 2022 Points table.

Pandya is third in the list of highest run-scorers this season. He has scored 228 runs and has taken 4 wickets in five IPL matches.

Gujarat Titans playing XI: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan (c), Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal, Mohammed Shami

Chennai Super Kings playing XI: Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Chris Jordan, Maheesh Theekshana, Mukesh Choudhary

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