Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha gave a savage response to the critics of Gujarat Titans (GT) after they won the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 trophy in their debut season.
After the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction almost every cricket pundit criticized Gujarat Titans for their so-called poor auction strategy and no one predicted that the Hardik Pandya and Co. will make it to the playoffs.
However, Gujarat Titans proved doubters wrong every single time as they become the first team to qualify for playoffs and they were the table-toppers at the end of the league stage.
Also, they won Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan Royals to become the first team to enter the Indian Premier League 2022 final and they eventually won the title by defeating Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Someone said our team was not good after the auctions, but we proved them wrong – Wriddhiman Saha
After the title win, Saha was asked about how he felt to have been part of the champion side and he took the opportunity to slam the critics of the Gujarat Titans who said that the Hardik Pandya and Co. were weak.
“This is my 5th final and the 2nd final I have won, someone said our team was not good after the auctions, but we proved them wrong,” Saha said.
Saha further added that every Gujarat Titans player made a big contribution to the team’s success in the cash-rich league. He also talked about Mohammed Shami’s first delivery of the season in which he dismissed Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul.
“The first ball he bowled was outstanding [on Shami’s first ball in their first game which got KL Rahul out], everyone contributed and it was a team performance,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami, who was also present with Saha during the interview, said:
“We needed to start the tournament well (on the first ball dismissal of KL in the team’s first game), set up a template for the team. The idea was only to start well for the team, concentrate on the line and length. We (himself and Saha) have known each other well for the last 20 years and have a good understanding as well.”
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