When Hardik Pandya was appointed as the captain of IPL’s new franchise Gujarat Titans, many questioned the move of the franchise. There were many who claimed that it was an emotional move since Pandya hails from Baroda. However, Hardik Pandya has managed to silence the critics with his performances in the ongoing 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League.
In fact, Hardik Pandya has won praises from all corners for the way he has led his team Gujarat Titans with a calm demeanor in IPL 2022. Gujarat Titans finished at the top of the league table and then defeated Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 1 to storm into the IPL 2022 final.
Hardik Pandya is currently at the top of his game and is delivering with the bat, with the ball, in the field, as well as a leader. Hardik’s comeback story in the ongoing season has been inspirational. The GT captain once again looked at his best, playing a pivotal role in the success of his side in the IPL 2022 final showdown. He played a stunning knock of 40 runs off 27 balls, smashing five fours to take his team to the final match.
Hardik Pandya’s Epic Reply To Critics:
Despite the fact that Pandya is having a stellar run in the ongoing season of IPL, the star all-rounder has had several critics questioning his fitness and ability to sustain the workload as a proper ‘all-rounder’. When Hardik was asked about his take on the recent criticism, Pandya gave an epic reply.
“Logo ka toh kaam hai kehna. Kya karu sir? Hardik Pandya ke saath thoda news bikta hai. Mujhe koi problem nahi hai. Hasi ke saath nikal deta hoon.”
(Which roughly translates to: “It’s people’s job to speak. What can I do sir? News sells on Hardik Pandya’s name. I am okay with it. I just laugh it off).”
Hardik Pandya On David Miller:
Hardik Pandya also showered praises on the layer of the Match in the Qualifier 1, David Miller, who also played an amazing knock of 68 runs off 38 balls. Miller has truly been phenomenal with the bat and is also enjoying a great run in IPL 2022. Talking about him, Pandya said:
“I am genuinely proud of the way he has lifted his game up. He is such a wonderful guy. I always wanted good things to happen to him. It shows that if you give importance to an individual player, he can flourish and how. A lot of people counted David Miller out, but for us he was always a match-winner from the time we bought him at the auction. We always expected him to do what he did today. For us, it was important to give him that clarity about what we expect from him,”
Meanwhile, all thanks to their win against Rajasthan Royals, Gujarat Titans have qualified for their maiden IPL final. They now await the winner of the Qualifier 2 again whom the Hardik Pandya-led side would engage in a battle for the elusive title on Sunday.