Can the Royals of Rajasthan break the curse? Why Gujarat Titans are favorites to win IPL 2022 title

Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Gujarat Titans (GT) will face off for the elusive IPL trophy for the last time when they face off in the IPL 2022 Finals on Sunday, May 29. Both sides have been the most consistent side so far in the tournament and deserved to reach the pinnacle which will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday May 29. While the Gujarat Titans had a fairy tale run to reach the final in their debut season, the Rajasthan Royals will be contesting their first final since the tournament’s inaugural edition in 2008.

The Gujarat Titans were the first team to qualify for the playoffs this season after reaching 18 points. The Hardik Pandya-led team were far from favorites after the conclusion of the IPL 2022 mega auction earlier this year. However, they defied the odds and saw the likes of David Miller, Rahul Tewatia and Rahid Khan also with skipper Hardik make impactful contributions to help them secure thrilling victories.

While Hardik led from the front with the bat and also contributed with the ball when needed, Miller, Tewatia and Rashid were phenomenal in order as finishers. GT’s bowling attack has also been outstanding so far this season with Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Rashid and Yash Dayal all among the wickets.

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Rajasthan Royals have arguably been the second best team after Gujarat Titans so far this season. Sanju Samson & Co. also relied heavily on their bowling attack consisting of the tournament’s leading wicket taker – Yuzvendra Chahal, the dangerous Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna and R Ashwin among others.

Jos Buttler has been their best player at bat and has had a memorable season with a staggering 824 runs in just 16 games so far. While Buttler made the majority of the scoring at the top, skipper Samson, Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetmyer also contributed with the bat.

Although both teams have played brilliant cricket so far this season, there is an interesting pattern that suggests Gujarat Titans could be favorites to win the IPL 2022 title. IPL final went undefeated against their opponent throughout the season.

Can the Royals of Rajasthan break the curse?

In 2018, Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad in a one-sided final to lift their 3rd trophy. CSK had previously beaten SRH three times in the league and in the playoffs before beating them in the final to remain undefeated against SRH throughout the IPL 2018.

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In 2019, Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in their first three encounters before defeating them in the final to clinch the trophy. In IPL 2020, it is Delhi Capitals, who lost three times to Mumbai Indians before also losing the final to the team managed by Rohit Sharma.

IPL 2021 saw a similar pattern as Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders reached the finals. CSK had won both of their encounters against KKR in the league stage and maintained a perfect 3-0 record after beating them in the final as well.

This year, Gujarat Titans are 3-0 against Rajasthan Royals after winning all three encounters against the Samson-led team so far in the tournament. Based on the pattern of the past four seasons, Gujarat Titans look favorites to lift the trophy this year, but can Rajasthan Royals break the spell and emerge triumphant?