Royal Challengers Bangalore wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik has named the team that he believes are the dark horses of IPL 2022. Karthik, who has represented many franchises in his Indian Premier League, returned to RCB ahead of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League.
The Bangalore-based franchise signed him in 2015 but released him ahead of the 2016 season. Now Karthik will don the RCB jersey again. While Dinesh Karthik will play for RCB in IPL 2022, he has also made some predictions for the upcoming season.
During a chat with Cricbuzz, Karthik named the team he feels are not favored by many to win but can surprise everyone. Talking about Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans, the Indian wicket-keeper batter said:
“For me, I am very keen to see how Gujarat Titans go because personally, I feel Hardik Pandya is a very interesting choice as captain. He has all the flamboyance [and] whether he can transfer that into his teammates [remains to be seen].”
Dinesh Karthik will play two matches against the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are in the same group as the Gujarat Titans. So Dinesh Karthik will likely play at least two matches against the Titans in IPL 2022. Karthik has a good bonding with the captain of the Gujarat Titans team, Hardik Pandya.
It will be interesting to see how the Titans perform in their debut Indian Premier League season. Like Karthik said, they will be the dark horses in the tournament. They may not have the strongest squad on paper, but the Titans do have a group of match-winners who can single-handedly turn matches upside down with their skills.
Gujarat Titans will play their first match in IPL history against the Lucknow Super Giants on March 28. Their two matches against the Royal Challengers are on April 30 and May 19 in Mumbai.