IPL 2023: Shaun Pollock Picks His “Manchester City of IPL” Ahead Of Qualifier 1

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Former Mumbai Indians player Shaun Pollock recently sent a warning to the “Manchester City of IPL” ahead of the crucial Qualifier 1 clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT).

Shaun Pollock picks Gujarat Titans as “Manchester City of IPL”

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Ahead of Qualifier 1, former South African bowler and former Mumbai Indians player Shaun Pollock made an interesting analogy and branded Gujarat Titans as the “Manchester City of IPL”.

Pollock dropped the reference of the Premier League giants, Manchester City winning the English Premier League title for three years in a row.

“We’ll probably have to call them the Manchester City of the IPL at the moment,” noted Pollock during an interaction on Cricbuzz.

While the former Proteas bowler has been mighty impressed with Gujarat’s show in IPL 2023, he did forewarn them to remain grounded as the “difficult part of the tournament” starts from here onwards.

“Look at the net run-rate, plus 0.8. Not only have they been winning, but they’ve been winning in style. They must go in with a lot of confidence. I mean it’s always a difficult part of the tournament now. You think over the last ten days they’ve already qualified for the first play-off game and they haven’t really had to deal with pressure. Then all of a sudden you go back and you go do or die. Not in the first game, but obviously in the second. So at some stage they have to face reality that they could get knocked out.

“And that’s the only different environment or curveball that gets thrown into the equation, but for the rest of it they’ve been calm throughout the tournament and they’ve looked really good,” he added.

The defending champions have maintained a remarkable stat against the four-time winners in the cash-rich league. In three matches played thus far, GT dominated the Yellow outfit in each of the occasions.

Notably, the Titans concluded the group stage by comfortably sitting atop the IPL Points Table with 20 points, courtesy of 10 wins. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni’s Super Kings are placed second on the table with 17 points, winning eight and one match yielding no result.

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