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Umesh Yadav Optimism: Can Gujarat Titans Sneak into IPL Playoffs?

With 10 points from 12 matches, Shubman Gill's team is lagging in the bottom half of the table and needs to win both of their remaining two matches in the league stage.

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Umesh Yadav Optimism

Umesh Yadav Optimism: As the 2022 edition winners and last year’s runners-up, Gujarat Titans pacer Umesh Yadav is hoping for a miracle to make the playoffs in the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL).

With 10 points from 12 matches, Shubman Gill’s team is lagging in the bottom half of the table and needs to win both of their remaining two matches in the league stage.

In a game in which skipper Gill and opening batter B Sai Sudharsan hit tons, Gujarat ended a three-match losing streak last Friday, beating Chennai Super Kings by 35 runs.

Definitely, there are a lot of possibilities,” Yadav told the media on Sunday, ahead of their match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

“The plan is to play our game and try and win both the (remaining) games. If we try to win by a good margin… even Gill says he has seen miracles happening with this team. We are trying our best,” Yadav added.

“If there are any ups and downs for the top-placed teams and we get to 14 points then… Everyone wants to be there (in the playoffs).”

Players have been motivated by the franchise’s impressive record in its first couple of seasons, Yadav said.

“In the last two years, we won one final and were the runner-up in the other, so we are trying to grab our chances,” he added.

To stop the free-flowing KKR opener, who has consistently provided strong starts to his side, the senior Indian pacer said he would attack Sunil Narine’s stumps.

“He was not opening for KKR when I was there at the franchise for two years. However, he is back as an opener this year. But you must have also seen his dismissal in the last match where in he was bowled (by Jasprit Bumrah).”

“We will try to hit the deck, attack the stumps and swing the ball — that would give the best chance to dismiss him since he is being sent to make quick runs and he has been able to do that,” he said.

In an effort to make the job more difficult for bowlers, 36-year-old pacer joined the impact player rule bandwagon.

“The job is getting increasingly difficult for fast bowlers since the impact player rule has come. The top and the middle-order is not afraid of the consequences if they get out early since you have batting till Nos 8 or 9,” he said.

In today’s cricket, more and more batters are dealing in sixes, so as a bowler you have to be brave if you want to take wickets.

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