Dhoni vs Hardik 

As defending champions Gujarat Titans take on eternal title contenders Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League opener here on Friday, Hardik Pandya’s youthful leadership template will meet its match in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s time-tested improvisations.

Pandya’s first year as an IPL captain was in 2022, and despite his flamboyance on and off the pitch, he did instill a sense of calm in Titans’ campaign, which had an identical start to finish tempo unmatched by any other team.