Vijay Shankar expresses regret over missed opportunity against CSK

Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans’ batsman Vijay Shankar expresses disappointment after loss to CSK in IPL 2023 Qualifier 1. Shankar believes better chasing tactics could have led to victory for his team, known for their strong chasing abilities. GT captain Hardik Pandya won the toss and elected to field, allowing CSK to set a target of 173 runs. However, GT could only manage 157 runs in the run chase, resulting in a 15-run defeat. Shankar contributed 14 runs off 10 balls before getting dismissed in the 18th over.

Vijay Shankar said:

“I think we could have chased better. We could have got the game much closer. Even the over that I got out, I felt I could have calculated a little better. I could have targeted it in a better way. So, it was a great learning for us. We have won a lot of games chasing and this is a one-off game that we had.”

I think CSK bowled pretty well in the middle overs: Vijay Shankar

“I think they (CSK) bowled pretty well in the middle overs. The middle overs are very important for any team that is chasing. We lost wickets. Otherwise, we lost by 15 runs. If two batters were batting, things would have been different. It is just about losing wickets at the wrong time. Maybe a partnership of 20, 30 runs in the middle could have got us closer in the game,”

Vijay Shankar further added.

On Friday, the reigning champion will go up against the victorious team from the eliminator match, which will be contested between the Mumbai Indians and the Lucknow Super Giants. The venue for Qualifier 2 will be their home ground, the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The winner of this crucial match will advance further in the tournament, inching closer to the ultimate victory in the IPL.

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