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“I think Gujarat Titans will have a slight edge over Rajasthan Royals” – Suresh Raina picks his winner of IPL 2022

Gujarat Titans have defeated Rajasthan Royals twice in the 2022 IPL season.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 29 May 2022 4:21 pm

As we are hours away from the much-awaited final of the IPL, several cricketing experts have given their predictions for the summit clash. Both Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Titans have received similar support, but Mr IPL, Suresh Raina has picked the 2022 debutants to win the title at the home stadium. 

The former India and Chennai Super Kings batter has talked about how the Titans have had a four-five day rest which makes sure that the players are ready and refreshed for the final. Raina also addressed the run of form  Gujarat are in as they have blown past opponents throughout the tournament. 

While talking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Suresh Raina said, “I think Gujarat Titans will have a slight edge over Rajasthan Royals in the finals because they’ve had a good rest of four-five days and also due to the tempo they’ve been in this season.”

“I believe RR cannot be taken lightly because they are looking in sublime form and if Jos Buttler fires for one last time in this season, then it will be a huge bonus for the team. So it will be an epic clash. Also, the wicket has been brilliant here in Ahmedabad and we’ve seen a lot of strokes from the batters,” the former CSK star added.

But unlike Raina, former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has backed his former team and has picked Rajasthan Royals as the winners of the 2022 IPL. He said, “I think the advantage Rajasthan Royals have over Gujarat Titans is that they’ve played a game on this surface. They have got used to the atmosphere, the outfield, the pitch, and the extra bounce.”

“But I think it’s a one-off game and (in matches like these) if someone from the big players stands to the occasion and puts up a massive performance, it gives a major boost to the side. Both these teams are laden with potential match-winners which makes the IPL Final most exciting,” Smith added.

“It’s going to be a great contest. I can’t wait for it and I reckon the crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium will be bigger than what it was in the Qualifier 2. You can imagine that atmosphere and that energy (on this venue) when there will be more than a hundred thousand spectators watching the game. We have two quality teams playing the epic final and two quality bowling units and some high-quality batting line-up on both sides. I think we are going to have an immaculate and exciting IPL 2022 Final,” said Smith.

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