Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya became the first pair of brothers to play against each other as captains in the Indian Premier League. Both these players led their respective franchises in the mega encounter between Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023. Narendra Modi Stadium.
Krunal has been named captain of Lucknow after flamboyant KL Rahul was ruled out for the rest of the season after sustaining a thigh injury while fielding against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Krunal, who was Rahul’s deputy, took charge of the team.
Meanwhile, elder brother Kunal wins the toss and decides to bowl against the defending champions.
Kunal said during the toss, ‘It is a dream come true for us to lead our respective teams.’
Hardik said it is a big day for the family and his father must be proud to see both the brothers playing as captains in the IPL.
“It is an emotional day, our father would have been proud. This is happening for the first time, so our family is proud. A Pandya will definitely win today.
The two brothers also hugged each other and had a small chat before the big ticket clash.
Meanwhile, both the teams made some key changes to their sides for the clash as Quinton de Kock came in for Naveen-ul-Haq in the LSG playing XI while Alzarri Joseph replaced Joshua Little in the GT line-up.
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock (w), Kyle Mayers, Deepak Hooda, Karan Sharma, Krunal Pandya (c), Marcus Stoinis, Swapnil Singh, Yash Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Avesh Khan
Subs: Ayush Badoni, Amit Mishra, Daniel Sams, Yudhvir Singh, Prerak Mankad.
Gujarat Titans: Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya(c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohit Sharma, Noor Ahmed, Mohammed Shami
Translation: Alzarri Joseph, Dasun Shanaka, KS Bharath, Shivam Mavi, Jayant Yadav.