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Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket

Eoin Morgan Opens Up On His International Cricket Retirement

Eoin Morgan, England’s best white-ball captain, ODIs in particular, brought curtains down on his illustrious career not just as a batter but as one of the greatest leaders. Eoin Morgan talked about the moment when he realized that time was up for him at the highest level. Since winning the 2019 World Cup, he has scored only one century which came against his native Ireland. Since September 2020, he has made just one half-century in 26 innings for England across the 50-over and T20 formats.

Eoin Morgan, one of the greatest cricketers in terms of revolutionizing the modern-day game, called it quits for England as he announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Eoin Morgan, who has been struggling with his form and fitness for the last 18 months said that it was the right time, and not for one moment did he think that he was going out too early.
Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Credits: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan: Everything Must Come To An End

Speaking to the media at Lord’s on Tuesday while announcing his decision, Eoin Morgan said that everyone told him that he’ll know when it’s time as there will be a right place and time and in the recently concluded series against the Netherlands that was it.
In a video shared by England Cricket, Morgan said, “Everything must come to an end. I have been open and honest the last three years about when this day would come. I have spoken to a lot of people that have been through this transition particularly in our sport. Each one of them to a man said that there will be a time and place that it will just hit you like a ton of bricks or the answer I got and most common was ‘You’ll know’.”
Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the 2019 Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final against New Zealand(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the 2019 Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final against New Zealand(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
“When we were in Amsterdam, it hit me quite hard. And, I am glad that I was in a good enough space to realise what I was going through and accepting it. I was quite sad the day that it hit me but since then I have been very happy, very content, unbelievably proud not only as a player but as a captain,” he added.
With 76 wins in 126 games in charge of England in the ODIs, Eoin Morgan ended his career as the most successful captain of the 2019 champions and also the only one to win a World Cup for the nation. Born in Dublin, Eoin Morgan moved to England in 2009.
But previously he had represented Ireland in the 2007 Cricket World Cup in West Indies where he had a dry run. Eoin Morgan’s decision to switch allegiance paid dividends as he won his first major trophy within a year in West Indies at the 2010 T20 World Cup. Life come to a full circle for this Irish-born cricketer as he went on to win the 2019 World Cup in a close contest with New Zealand which saw a super over.

Eoin Morgan Praised Vice-Captain Jos Buttler

Eoin Morgan didn’t take part in the third game of the series due to a groin injury but in the first two games he played, he scored two ducks and it seemed the end was nearer than anyone expected. Eoin Morgan also heaped praise on Jos Buttler, who has been his deputy for the longest time in white-ball cricket saying that he commands respect in the group not just as a player but as a leader as well.
“Jos has been in charge, he’s been an unbelievable good vice-captain while I’ve been captain, and when he’s stepped in he’s been an exceptional leader. He obviously commands himself with the bat as one of the best players in the world, but also as a leader within the group he commands tremendous respect,” he said.
Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler (Credits: Twitter)

Jos Buttler was dropped from the away three-Test series against the West Indies following his below-par showing during the failed Ashes campaign in Australia. But the 31-year-old made a superb comeback in white-ball cricket, emerging the highest run-getter in IPL 2022 and guiding Rajasthan Royals into the final. Jos Buttler ended the IPL 2022 season with an aggregate score of 863 runs in 17 games which included 4 tons.

During the recently concluded ODI series against the Netherlands at Amstelveen, he smashed an unbeaten 162 off 70 balls in England’s world record score of 498 in the opening game.
Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (File pic)

Sanju Samson Selected For Ireland T20Is Has Ability But Must Improve His Shot Selection: Sunil Gavaskar

Sanju Samson has been named in India’s squad for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, beginning June 26. Sanju Samson has got yet another opportunity to consolidate his place in the Indian cricket team. He is part of the Hardik Pandya-led India 17-member squad that will play two T20Is against Ireland later this month.

With several other wicketkeeper-batters like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, and the veteran Dinesh Karthik playing well with far more consistency than the 27-year-old, it is going to be a daunting task for Sanju Samson to make it to the forthcoming 2022 T20I World Cup squad. Sanju Samson has time and again impressed with his abilities only to falter with his consistency.

Sanju Samson is a part of India's squad for the series against Ireland© BCCI
Sanju Samson is a part of India’s squad for the series against Ireland© BCCI

Sanju Samson Has Ability But Must Improve His Shot Selection: Sunil Gavaskar

So far, Sanju Samson has played one ODI and 13 T20Is for India scoring 46 and 174 runs respectively. Former Indian cricket team captain Sunil Gavaskar has belief in Sanju Samson’s abilities but feels he needs to improve his shot selection.

“Everybody deserves more chance but you got to make the most of them. What has led Sanju Samson down, because all of us know the tremendous ability that he has, is his shot selection while playing for India. He looks to attack from the first ball and even in T20Is, there is an opportunity to get your feet going, get your eye…you know with the light and pitch, etc,” Sunil Gavaskar said during the fifth T20I between India and South Africa on Sunday which was abandoned due to rain.

“So, yes if his shot selection gets better then he will be so much more consistent whether it is for India or for his franchise. Then there will be nobody asking questions about his place in the team.”

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Credits: AFP)

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said there is no doubting the keeper’s potential but the Rajasthan Royals captain should improve his shot selection to be a consistent presence on the Indian T20I side. Sunil Gavaskar backed the RR keeper, saying no one can question his ability to be a game-changer. Team India will play two T20Is on June 26th and 28th in Dublin.

Sanju Samson Has Performed Well for Rajasthan Royals In IPL Unlike For India

Sanju Samson has been a consistent performer in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals over the last two seasons. The skipper led Rajasthan Royals to the final of IPL 2022, scoring 458 runs at a strike rate of close to 150. However, the RR keeper was not picked for the South Africa T20Is as India went in with Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik as their wicketkeeping options.

Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. IPL
Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. IPL

Sanju Samson has struggled to replicate his IPL exploits at the international level as the Kerala batter, who made his debut in 2015, has managed 174 runs at a meager average of 14.50 in 14 T20Is. The keeper, who is back in the mix in the lead-up to the T20I World Cup, faces a make-or-break situation as the competition for spots in the top-order and wicketkeeper is intensifying.

Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rahul Tripathi (Image Credits: Twitter)

Being In The Team Now Is A Dream Come True – Rahul Tripathi On Maiden India Call-Up After Outstanding IPL 2022

Rahul Tripathi believes that being honest doesn’t mean much if you are not positive at the same time. The Pune city-based attacking batsman is a part of the India team for the two T20Is in Ireland scheduled later this month.  India is scheduled to play 2 T20Is in Malahide, Dublin on June 26 and 28.

Rahul Tripathi’s wait for a call-up in the national side finally came to an end with BCCI declaring the 17-member squad for the upcoming T20Is against Ireland. The middle-order batter, who has been scoring constantly in the Indian Premier League, was finally rewarded for his stellar show in the lucrative T20 competition.

Rahul Tripathi of Sunrisers Hyderabad raises his bat to celebrate his half-century(IPL)
Rahul Tripathi of Sunrisers Hyderabad raises his bat to celebrate his half-century(IPL)

Rahul Tripathi: One Needs To Have The Right Balance Between Thinking And Execution

Batting at a strike rate of 158.33, the right-handed batter Rahul Tripathi had accumulated 413 runs from 14 matches in this edition of the IPL 2022 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He had scored 397 in 17 matches in 2021 and was a key player for his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.

“At times you can be honest but still not positive. I also believe that one needs to have the right balance between thinking and execution. Just thinking without working on it or just working without thinking may not give the desired results.”

Rahul Tripathi becomes one of the most expensive uncapped batsmen. (Photo: BCCI/IPL)
Rahul Tripathi becomes one of the most expensive uncapped batsmen. (Photo: BCCI/IPL)
Deccan Gymkhana lad Rahul Tripathi, now 31, didn’t take first-class cricket by storm when he made his debut for Maharashtra in 2012. But he has shown enough sparks in IPL — playing for Rising Pune Supergiant, Rajasthan Royals, Kolkata Knight Riders, and now Sunrisers Hyderabad — to be in the reckoning for the India cap.

“When you get your first break, it comes this way only.”

Rahul Tripathi is aware that he is included in the Ireland party since India is not fielding a full-strength team.

Rahul Tripathi Reckons Being In The Indian Team A Dream Come True Moment

Steve Smith was the first to see the spark in Rahul Tripathi and promoted him to the top order at now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in 2017. The subsequent team management experimented with his batting slots and that dented his consistency.

“Hrishikesh Kanitkar gave me some important tips,” said Tripathi. “But being associated with Abhishek Nayar (former Mumbai all-rounder) at KKR really rejuvenated me. His contribution is big in my progress. Now, I am more comfortable about adapting my game according to the team’s requirements. I am confident about expressing myself in the non-powerplay overs too.”

“I believe in keeping the scoreboard moving all the time and keep improving my game. I believe in hard work. Being busy also gives me happiness hence I go for a trek or play football when cricket-related activities are less.”

Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi (Image: Twitter)

Rahul Tripathi is grateful for the financial rewards from the IPL.

“But more than that it’s about the opportunity to play cricket with and against international stars. The platform it provides is amazing,” he said. “As I started doing well in the IPL, I could sense I was in the India reckoning. Being in the team now is a dream come true.”

Rahul Tripathi over the years has been making waves with his hard-hitting skills. In his debut season in 2017 with Rising Pune Supergiant, he pummelled the bowlers to make his presence felt in the IPL. He slammed a highest of 93 as he gathered 391 runs from 12 matches.

He played for the Rajasthan Royals in 2018 and 2019 but did not have the best of seasons. He was traded in the KKR line-up after being brought in the 2020 IPL Auction for INR 60 lakhs. Since then he has been KKR’s go-to man in the top-order scoring 397 runs in the 2021 IPL season.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kapil Dev Unhappy With Inconsistent Sanju Samson

Kapil Dev is not happy with the inconsistent performances from India’s ‘talented’ batter. India’s first-ever World Cup-winning captain (1983), Kapil Dev believes that given the talent Sanju Samson possesses, his returns with the bat do not justify it.

Kapil Dev is usually very impressed with the current crop of Indian youngster cricketers. He has often reserved the highest of praises for most young and talented players, but at the same time has been vocal about his criticism for some. Heading into the 2022 T20I World Cup later this year in Australia, one area which promises to attract more attention than others in the Indian team is that of the wicketkeepers.

Kapil Dev lifting the 1983 World Cup | Reuters
Kapil Dev lifting the 1983 World Cup | Reuters

Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, and Dinesh Karthik Will Be In Reckoning To Be Selected For The 2022 T20I World Cup Squad

With as many as four wicketkeeper-batters in contention in Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, and Dinesh Karthik, it will be interesting to see how many get the nod.

Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPL
Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant | BCCI/IPL

Rishabh Pant has managed just 40 runs in the three T20Is against the Proteas thus far and has been dismissed for single-digit scores in his last two innings. On the other hand, Ishan Kishan has excelled with the bat and Dinesh Karthik also played a decent knock in the second T20I.

Ishan Kishan has scored 164 runs averaging 54.67 in the 3 T20Is against South Africa and is the leading run-getter, while Dinesh Karthik has scored 37 runs averaging 37. Although Rishabh Pant has managed 40 runs, he averages only 13.33.

One of the selection headaches is the backup wicket-keeper, as Rishabh Pant is the leading keeper of the side, but his backup is yet to be seen. KL Rahul is a potential backup, but he played as a fielder for the Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2022. Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson are potential candidates for the job.

Kapil Dev Upset With Sanju Samson’s Inconsistency

If it was up to Kapil Dev to pick between the four stars, the former India captain says he will be torn as he finds all of them equally capable with the bat and behind the stumps. However, there is one keeper among them whom Kapil Dev is ‘extremely upset’ with, and that is the captain of the Rajasthan Royals- Sanju Samson.

“To be honest, if I have to pick a better wicketkeeper between the three (Karthik, Ishan and Samson), I would say they’re almost at the same level. I can’t say there is much difference. But in terms of batting, each one is better than the other.

“On a given day, all three can win the match for India on their own accord. If you speak of Wriddhiman (Saha), I would say he is a better batter among the three but the remaining are far superior batsmen. I am extremely upset with Sanju Samson. He is so talented. But the guy scores in 1-2 matches and then fails. Has no consistency,” Kapil Dev said.

Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. IPL
Sanju Samson, skipper of Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022. IPL

Sanju Samson has been given several runs with the Indian team but he hasn’t made it count and has fallen behind in the pecking order.

Sanju Samson has played 13 T20Is for India and scored 174 runs without a single half-century of fifty. His last two seasons with RR have seen him score 484 and 458 runs respectively but despite leading the franchise to IPL 2022 final, he missed making it to India’s squad for the five-match T20I series against South Africa.

The right-hander was retained ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 14 Crores and he helped Rajasthan Royals to qualify for playoffs in the IPL 2022.  Sanju Samson had an excellent outing in the last edition (IPL 2021) scoring 484 runs in 14 games at an average of 40.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Credits: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Needs To Improve, Says Kumar Sangakkara In Scathing Assessment After Losing In IPL Final

Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara has said that Ravichandran Ashwin needs to improve his off-spin bowling after the team’s loss in the final of IPL 2022.

The Royals were up against Gujarat Titans in the title-decider on Sunday (May 29). The Rajasthan-based outfit were playing their second IPL final and first since winning the title in the inaugural season in 2008.

Royals’ experience, however, did not make much of a difference as Titans thrashed them by 7 wickets to win the title in their first-ever IPL season. The Gujarat-based franchise thoroughly dominated the Royals in the final.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals (Credits: Twitter)

Captain Sanju Samson’s decision to bat first after winning the toss did not pay off as Royals could only manage to post a modest total of 130 for 9 in the allotted 20 overs. Jos Buttler was the only player who managed to cross the 30-run mark as he scored 39 off 35 balls.

With the ball too, the Samson-led side could not deliver in the manner they would have liked. They did well to dismiss Wriddhiman Saha and Matthew Wade inside 5 overs but could not do much after that. The Titans lost one more wicket after losing two in the powerplay and chased down the total with 11 balls remaining.

Shubman Gill was the top-scorer for Titans, scoring an unbeaten 45 while the likes of Hardik Pandya (34) and David Miller (32) also played crucial knocks.

Kumar Sangakkara on Ravichandran Ashwin:

Soon after the final ended, Kumar Sangakkara addressed the media and spoke about Royals’ performance in the entire competition. The legendary cricketer admitted that the team needs a lot of improvements before speaking on Ravichandran Ashwin.

Sangakkara started by acknowledging Ashwin’s achievements on the cricket field and called him a legend before saying that the India star needs to improve his off-spin bowling. Sangakkara opined that Ashwin needs to use his off-spins more.

“Ash, he has done a great job for us. Even for Ash, being a legend in terms of what he has achieved on the cricketing pitch, even for him there would be lot of improvements and thinking to do especially with his off spins and bowl more of it,” said Sangakkara.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrating a wicket with his teammates (Credits: IPL)

Prior to Sangakkara’s comments, Ashwin had a poor outing in the final against Titans. The senior spinner could not take a single wicket in the game and gave away 32 runs in just 3 overs in the low-scoring encounter. Ashwin had the worst economy-rate in the final. Overall, Ashwin had a decent outing in IPL 2022. In 17 games, he picked up 12 wickets while conceding at an economy-rate of 7.51.

Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya
Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

Watch: Ashish Nehra Hilariously Runs Away After Hardik Pandya Gives Him Credit For Gujarat Titans Triumph In IPL 2022

Ashish Nehra has been receiving praise from all the quarters after Gujarat Titans’ stunning campaign in IPL 2022 came to an end in the best possible manner. Playing their first-ever season, the Gujarat Titans finished their campaign by winning the title after the impressive 7-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Sunday (May 29).

Before the start of the season, Gujarat was seen by most as one of the weakest teams of the competition. Not many had given them a chance of going far in IPL 2022 let alone winning it. However, the Titans exceeded everyone’s expectation with their stunning performance in the tournament.

They finished the league stage at the top of the points table after winning 10 of the 14 games. In the first qualifier, they thrashed the Royals to enter the final before beating the same opposition to lift the title.

Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans (Credits: Twitter)

And following Titans’ win, the cricket fraternity has been lauding their captain Hardik Pandya and head coach Ashish Nehra for their leadership. Both the men were instrumental in their team’s dream run in IPL 2022.

Ashish Nehra runs away after being praised:

Soon after the presentation ceremony ended, Ashish Nehra and Hardik Pandya spoke to each other.  In the short clip posted by IPL on Twitter, Nehra started the conversation by asking Pandya about his feeling after winning the title.

“How are you feeling Mr. Pandya,” asked Nehra. In reply, the Titans skipper said: “Very good. We hit a six in the very first year.”

Pandya was then quick to recall the reaction after being appointed as the captain, saying that people questioned his batting and fielding credentials. Nehra was quick to reply to that, saying: “Who are these people?”

Pandya then gave credit to Nehra for the team’s performance this season, saying: “The way we played, a lot of credit goes to him. He made each and every player work hard.”

And as Pandya was praising Nehra, the latter ran away, saying: “There is nothing like that. He is lying. Thank you very much.”

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Gujarat Titans (Credits: Twitter)

Gujarat Titans Reveal Stunning Similarities Between Their Win In IPL 2022 And Team India’s Triumph In 2011 World Cup

The 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to an end on Sunday (May 29) with Gujarat Titans emerging as victorious. Playing their first-ever season in the tournament, the Gujarat-based outfit thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in the title-decider.

Hardik Pandya led his team from the very front, impressing with both bat and ball to guide his side to the title. The Titans thoroughly dominated the contest in front of a roaring home crowd of 1,04,859 at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Led by Pandya’s impressive 3-wicket haul, the Gujarat-based outfit managed to restrict their high-flying opponents to a modest total of 130 for 9. For the Royals, their star man Jos Buttler was the top-scorer, scoring 39 off 35 balls.

Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans (Credits: Twitter)

In reply, the Titans chased down the total with utmost ease. They did not start well and lost the wickets of Wriddhiman Saha and Matthew Wade inside 5 overs. However, it did not take them long to take charge of the game.

They eventually crossed the finishing line on the first ball of the 19th over when Shubman Gill finished the game with a six off Obed McCoy. Gill top-scored for the champions, scoring an unbeaten 45 while Pandya (34) and David Miller (32*) also played crucial knocks.

Similarities between Gujarat Titans’ win and Team India’s 2011 World Cup win:

Soon after the final ended, Gujarat Titans were quick to remind the fans of the stunning similarities between Gujarat Titans’ triumph in IPL 2022 and Team India’s victory in the 2011 World Cup.

Here is the tweet from Gujarat Titans:

Gill wears the number 7 jersey for the Titans and he was the one who finished the game with a six. Similarly, MS Dhoni had won the game for India with a six while wearing his famous number 7 jersey.

Just like in 2011, Ashish Nehra along with Gary Kersten were part of the winning team while Kumar Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga ended up on the losing side. Nehra, Sangakkara and Malinga, however, were players in 2011. On the other hand, Kirsten was Team India’s head coach.

Another similarity was that in both the games, the captains won the Man of the Match award.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar (Credits: AFP)

Sunil Gavaskar Points Out MS Dhoni Influence On Hardik Pandya After He Leads Gujarat Titans To IPL Title

Sunil Gavaskar has credited MS Dhoni for Hardik Pandya’s brilliant captaincy in IPL 2022 as the star allrounder led Gujarat Titans to the title on Sunday (May 29). Pandya led from the very front to help Gujarat Titans crush Rajasthan Royals and lift the title in their first-ever season.

Playing their first final, the debutants thrashed the inaugural winners of the competition by 7 wickets in front of a jam-packed stadium in Ahmedabad. This was the first time Pandya was leading a team in the IPL.

The Titans finished the league stage at the top of the points table with 10 wins from 14 games. In the first qualifier, they made light work of Rajasthan Royals before beating them again in the final as the world witnessed the rise of Pandya as a captain in the just-concluded tournament.

Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans (Credits: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar on Hardik Pandya’s approach:

Following the final, Gavaskar hailed Hardik Pandya for his captaincy and stated that the allrounder seems to have learnt a lot from his close friend and former India captain MS Dhoni. Time and again, Pandya has spoken about his close relationship with Dhoni and Gavaskar was quick to recall it.

The former cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out the similarities between Dhoni and Pandya’s approach as captain. Gavaskar lavished praise on the Titans skipper for his man-management.

“Looking at Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, it seems as if he has learnt a lot from MS Dhoni. He considers MS Dhoni his elder brother and hero. His man-management style is MS Dhoni’s approach. Not showing too much emotion on the field and letting anyone know about their mistakes in the dressing room,” Gavaskar said.

“Because of this, every player wants to do something special for the skipper. Hardik has been very impressive with his bowling changes and field placements as well. His success as captain is a positive sign for Team India,” he added.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

Pandya was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his all round show in the final. With the ball, he picked up 3 wickets for just 17 runs to help his side restrict the Royals to 130 f0r 9. With the bat, he played a crucial knock of 34.

Gujarat Titans
Gujarat Titans (Credits: Twitter)

Twitter Goes Wild As Debutants Gujarat Titans Thrash Rajasthan Royals To Win IPL 2022

Gujarat Titans thrashed Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets in the final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 to lift the title. The Titans also became the second team after the Royals to win the title in their inaugural season.

Chasing 131, the Titans crossed the finishing line in the 19th over. Shubman Gill was the top-scorer for the IPL champions after playing an unbeaten knock of 45. The debutants were off to a poor start. Wriddhiman Saha (5) and Matthew Wade (8) could not get going, leaving their team reeling at 23 for 2 in the 5th over.

But before the Royals could inflict further damage, Gill and Hardik Pandya steadied the ship. The duo shared a crucial 63-run stand for the third wicket to put Titans in control.

Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL

Yuzvendra Chahal broke the stand by dismissing Pandya for 34. And while Gill and Pandya steadied the ship, the team was still struggling to score quickly before David Miller arrived.

The in-form batsman played a quickfire knock of 32 off just 19 balls while sharing an unbeaten stand of 46 runs with Gill to seal the game. The match ended on the first ball of the 19th over when Gill hit Obed McCoy for a six.

Titans restrict Royals to a modest total:

Earlier in the game, Titans did well to restrict high-flying Royals to a modest total of 130 for 9. The Royals had entered the final after an impressive batting display in the second qualifier.

However, they could not sustain the momentum with the bat in the title-decider. Jos Buttler, who had scored a century in the second qualifier, could not get going in the final. The England superstar scored 39 but used 35 balls for it.

Twitter Goes Wild As Debutants Gujarat Titans Thrash Rajasthan Royals To Win IPL 2022 1
Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

Buttler was the top-scorer for his team. The likes of Sanju Samson (14), Devdutt Padikkal (2) and Shimron Hetmyer (11) failed to deliver too as the Royals posted an under par score in the final.

For the Titans, their skipper Hardik Pandya was the star of the show with the ball. Leading from the front, Pandya picked up 3 wickets while giving away just 17 runs off his 4 overs. Rashid Khan also put up a good show, conceding just 18 off his 4 while picking up 1 wicket.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the final of IPL 2022:

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler (Credits: Screengrab/ IPLT20.com)

Watch: Jos Buttler Loses His Cool After Being Dismissed By Hardik Pandya, Throws Away Helmet And Gloves In Anger

Jos Buttler could not control his emotion after failing to deliver against Gujarat Titans in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday (May 29). Expectations were sky high from the star batsman in the final match of the season.

Buttler entered the game on the back of a stunning unbeaten century against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second qualifier. However, his red-hot form this season counted for little in the final as he failed to get going.

The hard-hitting batsman just could not find his rhythm in front of the huge Ahmedabad crowd as he was out for 39 off 35 balls. Buttler could not hit a single six during his stay at the crease.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler (Credits: Twitter)

Jos Buttler loses his cool:

While runs were hard to come by, Jos Buttler ensured that he did not lose his wicket. After managing 39 runs from 34 balls, he would have loved to open his arms. But before he could do that and guide his team to a good total, Hardik Pandya dashed his hopes.

On the first ball of the 12th over, Buttler tried to guide a short delivery towards the off side. However, Buttler was undone by the extra bounce as he could only edge the ball to the wicketkeeper.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

The disappointment and frustration was clear on his face while he was walking back. Buttler was seen shaking his head in disappointment while leaving the field. And just before crossing the boundary ropes, he angrily threw away his helmet and gloves towards the team dugout before making his way to the dressing room.

While Buttler could not deliver in the final, IPL 2022 has been very memorable for him. He has finished the competition as the highest run-scorer after piling up an impressive 863 runs from 17 matches. He has also scored 4 centuries this season.

Here is a clip of the incident:

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