Mohammed Shami has been outstanding with the new ball so far and he has bowled some unplayable deliveries already. The speedster has a very good seam position which has tended to leave the batters in disarray at times and is among the race for the Orange Cap as well with 5 wickets already.
Over the years, Varun Aaron has been expensive more often than not but has always had the extra pace which is a great weapon to have. Hardik has used him very wisely so far by not giving the new ball, and instead, has used him as a fifth bowling option alongside Tewatia and Shankar.
Lockie Ferguson was one of the star performers in the previous game against Delhi Capitals as he picked up four wickets for just 28 runs in his four overs and rightly, deserved the Player of the Match award as well.
Rashid Khan, as usual, has been on the money in the two games and has bowled economically although he hasn't taken many wickets as he would have liked to. Nevertheless, Rashid is always a match-winner with the ball and can be very handy with the bat down the order.
Abhinav Sadarangani came up with a huge reputation in the IPL this season after scoring big in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Karnataka. He was quite expensive in the auction and he did show glimpses of why he is rated so highly in the first game where he helped Gujarat chase down the score with a calm head on his shoulders.
Rahul Tewatia played a gem of an innings in the first game against the Lucknow Super Giants and got his side home in a tricky run chase. He continued his good run with an 8 ball 14 that included a six and a four in the previous game and took his side to a score near 170 which proved to be match-winning in the end.
David Miller has had a decent start to the tournament and he scored an unbeaten 20 off 15 balls in the previous game against the Delhi Capitals. The left-hander can be lethal in the back end of the innings once he gets an eye in and it is tough to stop him when he is in the zone.
There were a lot of doubts over Hardik Pandya's fitness coming into this game, but he has been quite phenomenal with both bat and ball so far and the extra responsibility has worked in his Favour. He has got two scores in the thirties now, but hasn't managed to capitalize on it and get to the big scores.
Vijay Shankar has had a tough time so far in the two innings he has played in IPL 2022 and has got out very cheaply. The positive news for him will be that his franchise has been winning games and The Tamil Nadu lad will be lucky to get more opportunities.
Matthew Wade missed out on the previous game and was dismissed for 1 in the first over of the innings. The Wicketkeeper batter can provide some outstanding starts once he gets going and he does pack a punch as well.
Shubman Gill had a fantastic outing in the previous game against the Delhi Capitals and looked in sublime touch throughout the innings. His strike rate kept improving once he progressed through different phases and finished with match-winning innings of 84 off 46 deliveries that included six fours and four sixes.