Gujarat Titans looking for a fast bowler at auction: Head coach Ashish Nehra

Gujarat Titans released Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Lockie Ferguson

Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra
Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

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Ashish Nehra, the head coach at Gujarat Titans, has said the franchise's plans for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2023 (IPL) season. All ten teams will enter the mini-auction on December 23 at Kochi to restructure their team and once again, the teams will fight out for the best players in the auction.

Nehra said that Gujarat Titans will make few changes to their title-winning squad and will go for a pace bowler in the coming auction. The Titans released the star New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson alongside Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Jason Roy, Gurkeerat Singh, Dominic Drakes, and Varun Aaron ahead of IPL 2023.

Ferguson took 12 wickets from 13 innings during the 2022 edition of the tournament and now has joined Kolkata Knight Riders. They boost a quality pace option in form of Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, and Yash Dayal but definitely need reinforcement for the upcoming season. Nehra revealed that the Titans don't have many requirements and will enter the auction with no big expectations.

We don’t have too many requirements: Ashish Nehra

“Even if you win, still you make a few changes as per needs. We might need a fast bowler. In a small auction you make changes as per requirements. We are no different," Ashish Nehra told reporters on Friday. “We don’t have too many requirements as we haven’t released that many players. Domestic spot is also two or three left. It’s not that you will (always) get the player you want. There are nine more teams. So when that player comes into auction, that is also important," he added.

Nehra also pointed out the competition for the title and said that no team is here to only participate but to win. 

“Every year you want to win as a team. Nobody is here to participate but to win. There will be one winner but margin between win and loss is very little. Gurbaz is a good player and he had gone to a different franchise. There are lot of players who are international T20 captains, but don’t get picked in IPL We have played only one match final. If one lakh people support you, then it helps," Nehra added.