Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) cricketer Krunal Pandya shared a heartwarming post for brother Hardik Pandya, who recently guided Gujarat Titans (GT) to the IPL 2022 title. The debutants thrashed Rajasthan Royals (RR) by seven wickets on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium to win the elusive title.
Hardik came into the 15th edition of the IPL on the back of a long injury lay-off and experts casting doubt on his future. However, the dynamic all-rounder proved his critics wrong, leading the Gujarat franchise from the front.
Two days after GT’s IPL 2022 triumph, Hardik received special and emotional praise from brother Krunal Pandya, who lost in the Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Taking to Instagram, Krunal wrote:
“People had written you off but you keep writing history. Wish I was there when more than a lakh people were cheering your name. @hardikpandya7.”
“My bro Only you know the amount of hard work that’s gone behind this success of yours – early mornings, countless hours of training, discipline and mental strength. And to see you lift the trophy is the fruits of your hard work You deserve it all and so much more.”
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Hardik Pandya finished with 487 runs in 15 matches at an average of 44.27, including four half-centuries. The ace all-rounder also picked up eight wickets, including the figure of 3/17 in the final against Rajasthan.
His captaincy was lauded by several former players including Virender Sehwag, Sunil Gavaskar, and Michael Vaughan among others.
“Nobody Had Too Much Information About” – Sunil Gavaskar On Hardik Pandya
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has backed Gujarat Titans all-rounder Hardik Pandya to lead the country in the future. Hardik earned applause for his leadership abilities and for bringing the best out of the cricketers.
“When you have leadership qualities, it automatically opens the door for honours at the national level to be able to captain the Indian national team in the near future. The way he has led the team, the way he has got them together, the way he has got them to gel together means he has got leadership qualities,” Gavaskar said to Star Sports
“Not just my estimation, but everybody’s estimation. This was an aspect of his game which nobody had too much information about.”