“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” is a famous quote by Bernard Shaw.
And from 2018 to the present, Hardik seems to be on a mission to reinvent himself.
Back in 2018 – Hardik was carried off the field. It was during an Asian Cup match against Pakistan that he stretched a muscle in his back while bowling and had to leave the field.
Hardik has moved in and out of the physiotherapy room since that day until almost reinventing himself to debut as the captain of the team. Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022. The almighty Hardik, who dreams of being spoken of in the same breath as Kapil Dev one day, has reinvented himself as Hardik the man again.
He is bowling again, he is his team’s fastest runner to date in IPL 2022 (413 runs in 13 innings) and also won the ‘charm’ captain tag for the first team , Gujarat Titans, who became the first team to qualify for this season’s knockout round.
Hardik Pandya (ANI photo)
HARDIK – A ‘ASTUTE’ LEADER IN WORK?
Hardik was the pre-auction signatories before the big IPL 2022 auction. The Titans wanted him to be their captain and they made it happen. It was a call that raised many eyebrows. How can Hardik, who has never been a captain before, lead a team that is about to debut in the biggest cricket tournament in the world? Can Hardik justify his role as captain? Is Hardik the best fit for this role? Well, Hardik has silenced his critics. The Titans have been the strongest team of the one-mile league this season, with 10 wins and just 4 losses. They were the first team to make it to the knockout stage and used to be the only team to get 20 points. Once they hit that mark, it’s clear they’ll be at the top of the table, regardless of the result in their last game (they lost to RCB) or any other.
The 28-year-old leads the team from the front. He spoke of the Titans philosophy of having no hierarchy in the team, believing in their players and giving everyone equal respect. He made good use of his cards. He has promoted himself and made valuable races across the board. He’s also the sixth bowling pick for his team.
After trying young Shubman Gill and Matthew Wade opened the scoring, Hardik switched to the Shubman-Saha pair at the top. Saha has played 9 games in the tournament so far and has scored 312 runs averaging 39. He’s had three half-century under his belt.
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Hardik spent a lot of time with Mahendra Singh Dhoni while playing for India. The former captain of the Indian team is still known for taking care of young players with his wealth of knowledge. His tips and instructions from behind the tree stump have helped some bowlers get past well-established hitters.
Hardik tried to remove a card from Dhoni’s book about supporting his players.
Hardik is often seen chatting with young people Shubman, Rahul Tewatia, Yash Dayal and Abhinav Manohar with his arm around their shoulders, giving them confidence and conversation.
In addition to competing under Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Hardik’s stint with the Mumbai Indians, where he started his IPL career in 2015 and stayed until 2021 also shaped him as an athlete. cricket and a captain. Under the guidance of IPL most successful captain Rohit Sharma, mentor Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and veteran Kieron Pollard, Hardik has taken his game to the next level.
Hardik, while describing his IPL experience, in a press conference, said: “I would say I did pretty well having played in a previous franchise where a lot of the responsibilities were assigned to us and kind of cricketer, me. always enjoy the responsibility it gives me ownership of things that I can control”.
“And I feel where I’ve fought throughout my career has given me a lot of ideas about how the game is going, what kind of pitching will be important in certain situations. Playing for a franchise. other trades and doing what I’ve done in the past has helped me in my captaincy.”
At the Gujarat Titans, he was assigned a team of players who many felt after the auction would not be good enough to challenge other teams for the title. But he has arranged it in his own way and brought them to the top of the table. He deserves credit for that.
Incidentally, Hardik’s name is entering the rounds as reserve captain for India in the T20I vs South Africa series right after the IPL, where both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are likely to be rested.
TITANS ‘NOT ACCEPTANCE’
They say ‘believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable’. There seems to be no end to the IPL novice Gujarat Titans. The team led by Hardik did not enter the tournament as favorites but the way they kicked off the tournament and beat their opponents with their superior performance was enough to send a message across the board that they are big contenders to win their first trophy. maiden season. They come together as a cohesive group, with people like Hardik, Shubman, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia and David Miller play excellent roles. But it’s not just them. GT won 8 of their first 9 games and had multiple Man of the Match winners. The ability to close matches has helped them put a foot in the knockout stage with 5 games left.
After signing a pre-auction contract with Hardik, Shubman and Rashid, plans have been laid for the grand auction and they are paying close attention to building their squad wisely.
As the list of players went downhill, the Gujarat Titans reached out to senior tennis player Mohammad Shami and picked him up for Rs 6.25 crore. Jason Roy stole at Rs 2 crore. But Roy withdrew from the tournament citing biobubble fatigue. The Gujarat Titans management did their homework while picking up the overseas players. They splashed money on Indian players who could turn the tide. Rahul Tewatia was purchased for Rs 9 crore. The almighty player Vijay Shankar was included in the team for Rs 1.4 crore. The player around Karnataka Abhinav Manohar also managed to impress the Gujarat Titans and was bought for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore.
As a substitute for Shami, the Gujarat Titans turned to New Zealand speedster Lockie Ferguson. They fought for the New Zealander’s service and won the fierce battle to buy him for an eye-popping Rs 10. They also bought Uttar Pradesh pacer Yash Dayal for Rs. 3.20 crore.
Playing the first game of the season, Dayal against the Rajasthan Royals, won three points. The 24-year-old has racked up nine goals in seven games so far.
Hardik and his men opened their 2022 IPL campaign against another first team Lucknow Super Giants and registered a clear five wicket win. They went on to win two more games against Delhi Capitals (14 runs) and Punjab Kings (by 6 runs). The defeat to SRH, which saw them lose the game against eight players, did not affect their explosive confidence.
They went on a 5-game winning streak (vs RR, CSK, KKR, SRH and RCB) before the Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians halted their winning streak by beating them by 8 points and 5 runs respectively. .
They hit back all the flaming guns and beat Lucknow Supergiants with 62 resounding runs and then Chennai Super Kings by 7 shots to become the first team to qualify for the IPL 2022 playoffs .
Hardik Pandya (Photo PTI)
HARDIK – PEOPLE ALLOWED BACK
After back surgery in 2019, Hardik was repeatedly questioned about managing his bowling workload.
He last played for India against Namibia in the T20 World Cup match on 8th November 2021. India won that match with 9 goals but Hardik failed. He has bowled in just two games in the entire tournament.
A series of questions were thrown.
In fact, legend Kapil Dev also told the Baroda man straight up that “he has to do both jobs to be considered a good all-rounder. He doesn’t bowl so we can call him ’em. omnipotent person okay?”
At IPL 2022, Hardik contributed with both bat and ball and was an important cog in the wheel for his team, which advanced to the knockout stages after showing dominance in the tournament.
In 13 matches, Hardik scored 413 runs with an average of 41.30, with forty and a top score of 87*. With the ball, the surrounding players already have 4 wicks. He also crossed his full overshoot quota in a number of matches.
TIME FOR A INDIAN COMEBACK?
First an injury forced him out of the India team and then a question mark for the almighty card, but Hardik has regained his lost contact – with both bat and ball. He also attached the word ‘leader’ to his résumé.
Is it time for Hardik to be back in Indian colors again?
With the likes of Rohit, Virat, KL Rahul, Jasosystem Bumrah and Rishabh Pant likely to be rested, Hardik could be given the captain’s armband against Proteas at home in a five-match T20I series starting at June 9th.
The Gujarat Titans, after becoming the first team to reach the knockout stages, have become the leading title contenders. With 10 wins in 14 matches, the team is sitting on the front row very comfortably and will play Qualifier 1 on May 24 (Tuesday). If they lose in Qualifier 1, they will have another chance in Qualifier 2 to secure a spot in the grand final.
In the last 14 seasons, a total of six teams have won the title. The Rajasthan Royals won the first season in 2008. The Deccan Chargers (now defunct) won the 2009 season. The Chennai Super Kings have won four times – 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021. Sunrisers won. their first title in 2016. Kolkata Knight Riders lifted the coveted title twice – 2012 and 2014. The Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in IPL history with 5 championships – 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
With SRH now ruled out, the RRs (who are likely to qualify) will be the only former champions in the four finals. Come on May 29 and we could very well have a brand new IPL champion and the Titans at the forefront.