Results in the Indian Premier League (IPL) have often been associated with match-fixing. Fans on social media have claimed that the outcomes in the cash-rich league are pre-decided and they alleged the same after Gujarat Titans (GT) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the title clash on Sunday.
As soon as the Hardik Pandya-led side registered a comfortable seven-wicket win over Sanju Samson and company, a section of Indian cricket supporters alleged that the IPL final was fixed.
“Defeating Gujaratis in May is next to impossible,” a user said on Twitter.
Others blamed the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah inside the stadium for the result.
Some even claimed that the BJP politicians were responsible for RR’s loss because Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah is the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the administrative body of the sport in the country.
Home minister is Amit Shah.
Secretary of BCCI is Jay Shah.
Gujrat playing at Ahmedabad.
What do you expect? RCB to win cup ? 😂😂😂#fixing
— tomy (@tomy_craig) May 29, 2022
If you know you know! 😎🔥#IPL2022 #GujaratTitans #GTvRR #IPLFinal #fixing pic.twitter.com/3Cqxt7ENuj
— Sarthak Bhawankar 🇮🇳 (@sarthakvb_108) May 29, 2022
Game Changer Of The Match !! 🤣😂#ipl #iplfinal #gujarattitans #IPL2022Final #IPL2022 #fixing #GT #Congratulation pic.twitter.com/XDAGFuhXTd
— Omkar Balekar ओमकार बलेकर 🇮🇳 (@MrOmkarBalekar) May 29, 2022
How to sell maximum tickets ??
'Schedule final at motera stadium which has max capacity. Chose gujrat and neighbouring rajasthan as final teams.'
Still IPL lovers believe that IPL is not scripted.#fixing
— Dr. Maninee 🧡 (@maninee_writes) May 30, 2022
Meanwhile, a few called out Jay Shah for his unprofessionalism as he was seen celebrating Gujarat Titans’ victory in the stands. They even labelled Hardik Pandya’s side as a “fraud team”.
“Is this the way a BCCI official should celebrate on a individual team’s victory, where is professionalism and neutrality. Looks like it was all previously fixed. Never gonna support this fraud team ever in my life. No joy in IPL this time most boring IPL final,” a cricket fanatic wrote on the micro-blogging platform.
“Hardik Pandya doesn’t look that excited..looks like he knew the result before the game,” the third stated.
“As I said this is not cricket anymore. It’s all about money and plan!” a fourth pronounced.
Coming back to the match, it was skipper Hardik Pandya’s heroics first with the ball followed by the bat, which gave Gujarat Titans an easy win at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera on Sunday night.
Hardik Pandya’s immaculate line and length played their part as none of the Rajasthan Royals batters were comfortable facing him as he continued to trouble them throughout their innings.
In the end, Hardik ended the RR innings with bowling figures of 3/17, including the wicket of dangerman Jos Buttler, opposition captain Sanju Samson, and the explosive Shimron Hetmyar.
As Rajasthan’s batsmen struggled for consistency, they could only set a target of 131 for the home team. Gujarat eventually cruised through to the win, thanks once again to Hardik Pandya’s 34 off 30 balls.
Gujarat Titans’ openers Shubman Gill was the other star for the team as he made a steady 45 off 43 deliveries and more importantly kept the runs coming from one end.
Gujarat’s dominance of the game was that they won by seven wickets with 11 balls to spare.
Hardik was elated with his display in the final as he said that he had saved “his best” for the last.
“It had to come. I was saving for the best. I worked very hard for it. I wanted to show what I worked hard for, at the right time. Today was the day where I saved the best for the best in terms of bowling,” Hardik told Star Sports.
The Gujarat Titans skipper finished the tournament as the fourth leading run-scorer with 487 runs in 15 matches.
“On any given day, I will take the trophy rather than me batting at 160-170 strike rate. For me, my team is the most important, whichever team I play for. I have always been that kind of individual. Outside noise does not bother me. If I had to sacrifice and have a worse season and my team wins, I’ll take that,” the junior Pandya added.