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IPL 2023 Final: Heart was saying bat first, says Hardik Pandya after losing crucial toss in rain-affected match

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By India Today Sports Desk: Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya lost the toss and was sent to bat first in the final of the Indian Premier League 2023. Opposition captain MS Dhoni said that the decision was taken due to rain threat in the second innings of the game. With the match being played on Reserve Day – Monday 29, May, both captains hoped that rain would stay away from the stadium on Monday.

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Speaking at the toss. Hardik said that he also wanted to bowl first in the game, but his heart said that batting first would be the better idea.

“We would have bowled first as well. My heart was saying I want to bat so I don’t mind losing the toss. I think we spoke that it is something which is out of control. The rain and other things are not something that we can control. Whichever team plays best, will get the hand on the trophy,” Hardik said at the toss.

Gujarat Titans have the experience of winning the IPL Final at Ahmedabad and will hope to repeat their feat. It was a draining day yesterday for both sides of players after the had to wait for a long time before the game was finally called off at 11 PM. Pandya spoke about how the side kept the players relaxed on Sunday, 28 May.

“We try to, if your players are relaxed, you tend to get the best out of them. So I try to keep them relaxed, make sure that they are enjoying the sport. Our boys are good boys. They are sweet boys, I like to keep them cool. It’s a flat track. Same team from the last game,” Pandya said.

Gujarat are coming off a loss against CSK in the Qualifier 1 of the tournament. However, Gujarat have the home stadium advantage on the day and even have defeated Dhoni’s side in the opening game of the IPL.

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