Former Royal Graeme Smith backs his ex-team Rajasthan Royals to win IPL title

IPL 2022 Final:’-Former South African cricketer Graeme Smith expressed his elation at the prospects of seeing two of the top teams in the IPL 2022, Gujarat Titans and Rajasthan Royals, compete to lift the trophy in front of more than a hundred thousand spectators in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday. follow IPL 2022 LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

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Gujarat Titans sealed their spot in the final straight with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1. RR got their second chance against Royal Challengers Bangalore, the winners of Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants. RR made it count by taking a seven-wicket victory over RCB, entering their second IPL final since 2008.

Speaking about ‘Cricket Live’ on Star Sports, Smith said: “It’s going to be a great game. I can’t wait for it and I think the crowd at Narendra Modi Stadium will be bigger than in Qualifier 2.

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You can imagine that atmosphere and energy (at this location) when there will be more than a hundred thousand spectators watching the match. We have two quality teams playing the epic final and two quality bowling units and some quality batting formations on either side. I think we’re going to have a spotless and exciting TATA IPL 2022 Final.”

Former South African captain Graeme Smith and former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina think Rajasthan Royals could have a slight lead over Gujarat Titans in the IPL final, having played one game at Narendra Modi Stadium.

However, the two cricketers added that things are going to be different in a high stakes game like Final, so there can’t be any favorites from now on.

IPL 2022 final: Former Royal Graeme Smith backs his ex-team Rajasthan Royals to win IPL title, says ‘RR has lead over Gujarat Titans’

Rajasthan Royals stormed into the IPL 2022 final after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets in Qualifier 2 and setting up the top clash with the IPL debutants.

However, Gujarat Titans lead it with two games to love against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022.

Smith – who was part of the Rajasthan Royals side when they won the title at the inaugural edition in 2008 – said the Sanju Samson-led side may have a slight advantage over Gujarat Titans as it has already played a game and the men in pink and blue must have gotten a good idea of ​​the circumstances.

The former SA captain went on to claim that predicting a winner is difficult because the two teams are full of potential match winners.

Smith added: “I think the advantage that Rajasthan Royals have over Gujarat Titans is that they have played a game on this surface. They have become used to the atmosphere, the outfield, the field and the extra bounce.

IPL 2022 final: Former Royal Graeme Smith backs his ex-team Rajasthan Royals to win IPL title, says ‘RR has lead over Gujarat Titans’

But I think it’s a one-off game and (in games like this) when one of the big players stands on the occasion and puts in a huge performance, it gives a huge boost to the side. Both teams are full of potential match winners, which makes the TATA IPL Final the most exciting.”

Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina – who has scored the most runs in the IPL play-offs and won four IPL trophies while playing for CSK – shared Smith’s view. However, he claimed that Gujarat Titans will be fresh as they have had some time to rest as the Royals play their second game in three days.

Suresh Raina added: “I think Gujarat Titans will have a slight lead over Rajasthan Royals in the final because they had a good four to five day rest and also because of the pace they have had this season.

I believe RR cannot be taken lightly as they look in superb form and if Jos Buttler fires for the last time this season it will be a huge bonus for the team. So it will be an epic clash. The wicket was also brilliant here in Ahmedabad and we saw a lot of hits from the batters.”

IPL 2022 final: Former Royal Graeme Smith backs his ex-team Rajasthan Royals to win IPL title, says ‘RR has lead over Gujarat Titans’

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