Hardik Pandya’s bold captaincy will be a boon or bane for Gujarat Titans (GT), the defending champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 will soon be answered with the new season kicking off in one day.
According to The Indian Express, “Under Pandya’s captaincy, the Gujarat Titans have displayed a fearless brand of cricket”, which made all the difference in leading GT to the winning glory.
Gujarat Titans have already proved their potential as a promising team who’s here to stay after clinching their maiden IPL Trophy in 2022.
Pandya’s impressive captaincy and bold approach will yet again be crucial for GT to make their standing in the game. His extensive experience and great tactical ability to understand the game 360 degrees as an all-rounder is exceptional.
Abu Dhabi | I have played under Hardik Pandya's captaincy. He has leadership qualities & skills to take his team forward, he showed the same in IPL. It is Indian cricket board's call to name the next captain but I've enjoyed a lot playing under him: Afghanistan bowler Rashid Khan pic.twitter.com/UCjZ0KTjiz
— ANI (@ANI) December 3, 2022
Time and again, Pandya has demonstrated all the qualities of outstanding leadership besides tactical excellence, like decision-making, team command, treating players as one unit, and his affable nature.
— Sports Buffer (@SportsBuffer) March 30, 2023
His demeanor and ability to remain calm under pressure while maintaining his form are excellent indicators of control and stability
This makes Pandya a terrific forward-thinking and competent leader of Gujarat Titans with no better replacement.
VVS Laxman was all praises about Hardik in a press conference. “He is a players’ captain; he is very approachable. All the players go and confide in him, and that’s something I like about him as captain,” he added.
In IPL 2022, Pandya notched up 487 runs with four half-centuries and a top score of 87, not out at a strike rate of 131.2.
Hardik’s Gujarat Titans will face Chennai Super King immediately after the opening ceremony on March 31, 2023. If Pandya successfully replicates the last season while executing the right strategy on and off the field, it will be a “boon” for the Gujarat Titans.