A major blow has been dealt with the Indian Premier League’s new franchise Gujarat Titans as England cricketer Jason Roy withdrew from the tournament citing bio-bubble fatigue. In spite of the fact that GT has yet to name his replacement, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes their plans moving forward will revolve around their two left-handed batters.
Jason, the England opener whom the Titans snagged for INR 2 crore at the auction, was supposed to open alongside India batter Shubman Gill, who was chosen as a draft pick in advance of the auction. ESPNCricinfo reports that he has chosen not to participate in the tournament. Considering their two other overseas purchases – David Miller and Matthew Wade – Aakash believes GT’s plans now revolve around those two. As an opener alongside Gill and Miller, he selected Australia’s T20 World Cup hero. “GT’s plans might end up revolving around two lefties, Wade as an opener and Miller as a finisher along with Hardik. For them to have a good season Miller must have a killer season,” Chopra tweeted.
As an alternative, the Titans may choose to go with veteran India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha at the top of the order and Wade at No. 4 in the middle. Having been picked by a team at the auction, this is Jason’s second time deciding to skip an IPL season. Despite being offered INR 1.5 crore by Delhi Capitals in 2020, he opted out because of personal reasons.