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Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans made it to the IPL 2022 Final. In its very first season, the team has performed amazingly in which Hardik Pandya’s performance has been unmatched.
Before the start of IPL 2022 when Gujarat Titans Hardik Pandya (Hardik Pandya) Had appointed him as his captain, no one would have thought that which storm is going to come next. Fans and many cricket experts felt that giving the captaincy to Pandya might not be the right decision. That is because neither Pandya’s fitness was known nor his form. He flopped badly in the last IPL. He was dropped from Team India after his poor performance in the T20 World Cup, but despite this, Gujarat Titans made Pandya the captain and that trust came in handy. Under the leadership of Pandya, the Gujarat team has reached the final of IPL 2022 in its very first season. However, one more big thing than reaching Gujarat’s final here is that Pandya has given his real identity to the world. Pandya has been playing cricket for 10 years. He has played under the captaincy of legends like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma but none of them recognized the real talent of Pandya.
Pandya proved he is an amazing batsman
After losing the T20 World Cup in 2021, a debate started that Pandya could not get a place in Team India as a batsman. If he cannot bowl then he cannot get a chance in Team India. But Pandya has stopped speaking to all the people. Pandya didn’t just score runs in IPL 2022. He has handled the team on difficult occasions and then won Gujarat with his batting.
Pandya has scored 453 runs in IPL 2022. His average is 45.30. The strike rate is more than 132 and 4 half-centuries have come out with the bat. These figures of Pandya are excellent because there was pressure on him. He was also the captain and not only this, he also changed his batting position. He was seen batting from No. 6 to No. 4. Pandya also batted brilliantly in the first qualifier. Chasing the target of 189 runs, there is a lot of pressure but Pandya did not panic. He held a front and played an innings of 40 not out in 27 balls. He appeared in a support role with Miller who scored an unbeaten 68 off 38 balls. Both of them made an unbeatable partnership of 106 runs for the fourth wicket and gave their team a place in the final.
Even Dhoni, Virat and Rohit could not understand Pandya!
The thing to think about here is that Hardik Pandya made his debut under Dhoni’s captaincy. He played under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, he stayed with Mumbai Indians for a long time but could not recognize the real talent of this player. He could not recognize that Pandya was not a player but a fighter. He wants to go ahead and win every match for the team. He knows how to swim in the opposite stream. Even if Pandya is no longer fit for bowling, even now the veterans of Team India should accept that this player can also win matches as a batsman.