Mumbai. Hardik Pandya did not play a single match after the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, he gets a big responsibility in IPL 2022. He is made the captain of the new team of the league, Gujarat Titans. But everyone’s concern was whether Pandya is fully fit to play the match or not. He was battling fitness problems for the past one year. After the early exit of Team India in the World Cup, he was also being criticized for this. But the way Pandya has made a comeback, it is commendable. They are not contributing with bat and ball only. He has also proved himself as a captain. The team defeated Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs in their 5th match on Thursday. This is the team’s fourth win in 5 matches. With this, the team has also reached the top of the table.
Hardik Pandya scored a fifty against Rajasthan Royals. Took a wicket. Made a brilliant run out and also took a catch. That is, he was busy on the field all the time. In the match, he scored an unbeaten 87 off 52 balls. Hit 8 fours and 4 sixes. This is his second consecutive fifty. He has scored 228 runs in the league so far and has also reached the second number in terms of scoring the most runs. Not only this, he has also taken 5 wickets so far. Playing first in the match, Gujarat had scored 192 runs for 4 wickets. In reply, the team of Rajasthan Royals could only score 155 runs for 9 wickets.
Injury increased concern, Pandya said – all is well
Hardik Pandya has been battling with back problem. He got injured once again on Thursday. He had stopped bowling in the middle. In such a situation, it was to be seen whether this injury was serious or not. Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra, who is commentating on Star Sports, said that Pandya did not need to bowl in the match. He batted for a long time. But when he saw that other bowlers were giving a lot of runs, he himself handled the ball. Pandya bowled in 2.3 overs in the match. Took one wicket for 18 runs. But after the match, Pandya said that everything is fine. Was just a cramp.
want to make everyone happy
Regarding his captaincy, Hardik Pandya said that it is very funny. This has given me an opportunity to take responsibility. I want to move forward with everyone and also want everyone to be happy. Regarding his batting, he said that I am satisfied with my innings. In the end I was able to score quick runs. I couldn’t do it in the last match. Overall I am happy with my performance. The team now has to face Chennai Super Kings in a match on April 17 in Pune.
Pandya is now in the race for the captaincy of Team India
Before the start of the tournament, former Indian team coach Ravi Shastri had named three players, who can take over the captaincy of Team India in the future. The names of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were included in this. But Hardik Pandya, as a captain, has overshadowed all of them so far. If 28-year-old Pandya remains completely fit and maintains this performance, then he too will definitely join the race for the captaincy of Team India in future.
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In the current season of IPL, so far Rohit Sharma has failed as a captain. The team has lost the first five matches. This year the T20 World Cup is to be held in Australia in October-November. The pitch there is considered favorable for fast bowlers. In such a situation, Pandya can prove to be the most important player of the team. The Indian team has not been able to win the T20 World Cup title since 2007.
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