The Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya has certainly impressed everyone with not just his game but his captaincy skills as well in the IPL 2022. He was away from cricket for a long time due to his injury and it won’t be wrong to say that he has silenced his critics with his performances. He is the skipper of the new IPL team Gujarat Titans which is sitting at the top of the points table with 10 wins in the 13 matches that it has played.
Hardik Pandya has led his team from the front in all the three segments of the game whether it is batting, bowling or fielding and has set up a great example as a leader. Junior Pandya is known as an aggressive cricketer but the Indian pacer Mohammed Shami who is also a part of GT feels that the responsibility of captaincy has reduced the aggression of Hardik Pandya.
In an interaction with mediapersons on Friday, Mohammed Shami says that after the Gujarat cricketer has become the team’s skipper, he has become calmer and his reactions are more considerate. Shami adds that he has advised his captain to keep a control on his emotions because the whole world is watching cricket and it is very significant for a leader to act sensible and as per the situations which Hardik Pandya has done to the perfection.
Mohammed Shami is leading the pace attack of GT and is the highest wicket-taker for his team with 18 wickets. GT is the first team to enter the play-offs and today it has played its 13th match against the four times champion Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium.
GT won the match comfortably as it achieved the target with 7 wickets in hand and 5 balls remaining in its innings. GT opener Wriddhiman Saha was awarded with the Player of the Match award for his beautiful knock of 67 runs not out (57 balls, 8 fours & 1 six).
The toss was won by MS Dhoni led CSK and it decided to bat first but the CSK batters managed only 133/5 in their 20 overs with the help of Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 53 runs (49 balls, 4 fours & 1 six) and Narayan Jagadeesan’s 39 runs (33 balls, 3 fours & 1 six).
Hardik Pandya has definitely improved after becoming a skipper, what do you say?