IPL 2023: Why Jason Roy Is Not Playing The Game Against Gujarat Titans? Captain Nitish Rana Gives The Reason

In the 39th match of IPL 2023, Kolkata Knight Riders are facing Gujarat Titans at Eden Gardens Kolkata. In this match, the star opener of England Jason Roy who is in terrific form for the team is not playing. Roy has smashed two fifties in last two matches for KKR and everyone got surprised when captain Nitish Rana did not mention his name in the playing XI during the toss.

Later, it was revealed that the batter from England is not playing this afternoon game due to niggle which he sustained in the last game against RCB.

The fast and devastated opener from Afghanistan Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be opening the innings for the team and on the omission of Roy from the game against Gujarat Titans, captain Nitish Rana said,”Jason Roy has some back issues, so (Rahmanullah) Gurbaz will come in his place.”

Hardik Pandya won the toss and decided to bowl first in the game. The GT team decided to stick with the same team as their previous game. Meanwhile, Nitish Rana, the captain of the Kolkata team, indicated that they would have chosen to bat first regardless and showed faith in their team’s capabilities.

After losing the toss, Nitish Rana said,”We would have liked to have batted first to be honest. The weather will have an impact it seems but we are confident about things. For us, it’s about keeping things simple and playing to our strengths.Umesh Yadav misses out and in his place, Harshit Rana comes in.”

GT Playing XI:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little

Impact subs: Shubman Gill, KS Bharat, Sai Sudharsan, Shivam Mavi, Jayant Yadav

KKR Playing XI:
N Jagadeesan (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Shardul Thakur, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakaravarthy

Impact subs: Suyash Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Anukul Roy, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya

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