Hardik Pandya’s homecoming at Wankhede will be emotive, says Ravi Shastri ahead of Mumbai Indians’ match against Gujarat Lions.

Star Sports, the official television broadcaster of the IPL 2023, will air the highly anticipated ‘Rivalry Week’ from the 6th to the 13th of May 2023. The final day of Rivalry Week has arrived, and it has lived up to the anticipation. It has produced some of the most intense and thrilling matches in IPL history between the greatest rivals.

In addition, fans are able to witness the rivalry between teams from different regions of the nation, thereby enhancing the excitement. The final match of Rivalry Week will be played between Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans, two West Indian teams.

The majority of teams are still in contention for a postseason berth, making this tournament one of the most tightly contested in its 15-year history. The rivalry week began on May 6 with one of the ‘Greatest Rivalries’ of the IPL and will conclude with a high-profile matchup between the five-time champions and the defending champions.

Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri believes it will be an emotional homecoming for Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya, who rose to prominence playing at Wankhede, but it is always difficult for visiting teams to vanquish the Mumbai Indians at this venue.

Ravi Shastri stated on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, “Hardik’s homecoming will be emotive. On the field where he came to fame, he will play a crucial match against the opponent. Hardik hopes to demonstrate a great deal by guiding his team to victory. This match will be extremely intriguing, as it will not be simple for GT to defeat MI at home, and MI will be looking to avenge their loss in Ahmedabad and take a significant step toward the playoffs.

Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh admonished Mumbai Indians to bring their A-game against a formidable Gujarat side that appears well-balanced and possesses superior bowling.

Harbhajan Singh stated, “MI will need to deliver their A-game against GT due to the latter’s formidable bowling lineup. GT possesses Rashid, Shami, and additional grade bowlers. In contrast, Mumbai’s bowling attack is inferior, and they are conceding more than 200 runs per innings. Yes, Michigan has scored three consecutive 200-plus totals, but the law of averages could eventually catch up with them. Also, the coin toss will be extremely important in that contest; if Michigan loses the toss, things will be difficult.”

Former India cricketer S Sreesanth believes the match between the two heavyweights will be exciting, while praising how the Gujarat Titans management cares for its players.

This match between Michigan and Georgia Tech will be very thrilling. MI is competing at Wankhede. They will enter this match on the heels of a significant victory. On the other hand, Hardik is an outstanding GT commander. In addition, the team management of GT places a well-prepared team on the field. Sreesanth stated, “This team resides in a familial environment, and it is easy to win in this circumstance.”

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