New Delhi: When Hardik Pandya was appointed as the captain of Gujarat Titans (GT), many cricket pundits had questioned the decision, but he led the team from the front and reached the final. In IPL 2022, Under Hardik's leadership, Gujarat Titans topped the points table and first made it to the playoffs and then to the final.
After taking Gujarat to the final, Hardik's captaincy has also started being compared to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Not being overjoyed at the victory and not being disappointed at the defeat are some of the qualities that have been seen in Dhoni as well. Hardik has heaped praise on Dhoni after reaching the final. After his release from Mumbai Indians (MI), gujarat titans had included him in their team by giving him rs 15 crore in the mega auction before ipl 2022. Questions were also raised on him being given the captaincy, but like his mentor MS Dhoni, Captain Cool Pandya responded to the critics with his performance.
"Mahi bhai has played a big role in my life. He's like a brother, a friend and a family to me. I've learned a lot of good things from them. It was only by staying strong personally that I was able to cope with all these things. Let me tell you that, in this season of IPL, Pandya has scored 453 runs at an impressive average of more than 45 and his strike rate has also been 132.84. Not only this, Hardik has also taken five wickets in bowling at an economy rate of 7.73 runs.