In the wake of Hardik Pandya’s confirmed move to Mumbai Indians, Gujarat Titans are navigating the task of finding a fresh captain for the upcoming IPL season. Recent reports suggest that Shubman Gill has emerged as the top choice for the leadership role, pending the formalization of Pandya’s deal with Mumbai Indians.

Sources reveal that the Titans management held an extensive meeting with Shubman Gill to discuss their auction strategy and potentially appoint him as the captain. Gill, known for his impressive batting prowess and leadership skills, could be the face of Gujarat Titans in the upcoming season.

Mumbai Indians’ Strategy and Player Movements

In a series of strategic moves, Mumbai Indians have confirmed the release of Cameron Green, who is set to be traded to Royal Challengers Bangalore. This move is part of MI’s efforts to accommodate Hardik Pandya, who is reportedly in line for a significant salary increase above his existing Rs 15 crore.

To facilitate the deal, Mumbai Indians have let go of several players, including Jofra Archer, Tristan Stubbs, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, and Chris Jordan. The franchise aims to clear their purse for the anticipated Pandya transfer, and the deal is expected to be officially announced soon.

Trading Window Open Until Dec 12

While Sunday marked the deadline for franchises to announce their retained players, the trading window remains open until December 12. This window allows franchises to finalize deals and understandings about players who won’t be part of the auction pool. The much-anticipated Pandya deal is expected to be unveiled shortly, as confirmed by a BCCI source.

The IPL mini-auction, scheduled for December 19 in Dubai, is fast approaching. The franchises’ retention announcements contribute to forming the auction pool. The trading window plays a crucial role in shaping team compositions ahead of the auction.

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