Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya left Gujarat Titans (GT) to make a comeback to his former team Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction. Now, GT have a tough task at hand to find the replacement of Hardik.

Meanwhile, former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes Afghanistan star Azmatullah Omarzai can be a potential replacement for Hardik at GT. As per Irfan, the Afghanistan star is a good all-rounder option and with Rashid Khan already in their ranks, GT will be able to utilise Omarzai well.

“Looking at the Gujarat Titans, they are missing out on Hardik Pandya. Obviously, they are missing out on a leader and a guy who can actually do both bat and ball equally, really well. Who is there at the auction table? I see Azmatullah Omarzai going to Gujarat Titans because he is a perfect fit. We have Rashid Khan there as well, who can actually get the best out of his countryman. Apart from an all-rounder, they require a proper fast bowler there. They need to go for that extra pace, and they have a good purse available,” said Irfan during a recent interaction.

Notably, Omarzai produced a brilliant all-round performance in the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 where he scored 353 runs in nine matches. He also captured nine wickets in the mega event.