Murali Kartik, India’s former spinner is impressed with the way Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 debutants; Gujarat Titans, and Lucknow Super Giants have handled the pressure, which has seen them make it all the way to the play-off stages of the IPL 2022 season. Gujarat and Rajasthan will meet in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2022 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday, 24 May.
While Hardik Pandya-led GT ended the league stage as table-toppers, Sanju Samson guided RR to the second position. Gujarat Titans got the better of Rajasthan Royals when the two teams met in the league stage. GT, LSG along with seasoned campaigners Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, has made it to the play-offs stage of IPL 2022.
Murali Kartik Praises Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants, and Rajasthan Royals For Doing Well At IPL 2022 Mega Auctions
Former cricketer and commentator Murali Kartik has praised Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants, and Rajasthan Royals for turning around the league with their astounding performances and leadership this year.
“They are the new boys, but the players and people involved have been present for a long time. They have handled the post before. The auction plays a very important role and Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals did very well there,” Kartik said on a live chatroom session CricChat Season 2 on ShareChat Audio Chatrooms powered by Parimatch.
The 45-year-old dwelled further on how these teams have turned IPL 2022 around with their astounding performances and leadership this year. He called out RR opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, RR skipper Sanju Samson, and GT skipper Hardik Pandya for their performance this season.
“At the end of the day, the decisions taken on the auction day are the most important for team selection.”
He mentioned when talking about Mumbai Indians’ and Chennai Super Kings’ struggle this season, indicating weak performance on the auction day by the team’s management.
“For example, Bumrah doesn’t have consistent support in bowling. Super King’s bowlers have performed well but overall, it’s been difficult for them.”
The high-flying Gujarat Titans, the only team to reach 20 points in the league stage of Indian Premier League 2022, will face Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1 to kickstart the IPL 2022 playoffs. After all the action for more than a month in four stadiums across Maharashtra, the IPL playoffs will now shift to Eden Gardens in Kolkata where the Qualifier 1 will take place on Tuesday.
Murali Kartik: One Can’t Keep Players Like Virat Kohli Out Of T20 World Cup Because They Earned The Right To Be There
Murali Kartik showed appreciation for RCB’s ex-captain, Virat Kohli, by saying that he is one of those players who is “always ready when the bell rings.” Talking about his recent form, Murali Kartik said he believes Virat Kohli is a champion player who can still come around to save the day when required.
“You can’t keep such players out of the squad for tournaments like the T20 World Cup because they have earned the right to be there for what they are and what they can do at the end moment.”
Talking about IPL, he explained that the competition in the cash-rich league has only become fierce over the years and predicts an upward trend in the upcoming years. He also spoke about his IPL tenure when he played for four teams — Kolkata Knight Riders, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kings XI Punjab.
When the topic of India’s lagging performance at the T20 World Cup, despite the country creating arguably the toughest T20 League in the world came up, Murali Kartik said, “Yes, when we last won the World Cup in 2007, we hadn’t really embraced the format and were viewing it reluctantly.”
“Then IPL changed a lot in terms of our mentality and skill level, which has made a huge difference, but the answer to this has to be given on many different levels. Superficially speaking, my sympathy is with the team as some things have gone against us, costing us the entire tournament,” he signed off.
Following his poor run of form in IPL 2022 where he has scored 236 runs in 13 innings at 19.67, there have been speculations that Virat Kohli may not make it to India’s T20 World Cup squad. While that is a tall claim to make considering his records, ex-India cricketer Murali Kartik has opined.
As per Murali Kartik, Virat Kohli has earned his right to be in the 2022 T20I WC squad. Murali Kartik also reckoned the RCB batter would fire when the team needs him the most. Recently, Virat Kohli revealed his future goals as a cricketer. The ex-India captain said that he wants to win India the Asia Cup and the 2022 T20I World Cup.