This former cricketer turned fan of Hardik Pandya’s captaincy, had this to say about placement on the pitch

Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named captain of the T20 series against Ireland. At IPL 2022, Pandya helped Gujarat Titans to the trophy in his first season. Throughout the tournament, Pandya led Gujarat from the front, taking control of the bat at number three or four, something he was rarely able to do in his previous franchise, the Mumbai Indians.

Pandya was a prolific player for Gujarat, scoring 487 runs in 15 innings at an average of 44.27 and a strike rate of 131.26. Even with the ball, he took 3/17 in the final at home to Ahmedabad, which turned out to be the win.

Mohammad Kaif was also at the stadium on the day of the IPL 2022 final and was impressed to see the captain Pandya. He said: “I was on the pitch for the final in Ahmedabad. I saw him captaining live there. His placement on the pitch was excellent, because the way his players performed under pressure was commendable.”

Kaif, who has represented India in 125 ODIs and 13 Tests, sees Pandya as a promotion to India’s captaincy and a reward for proving his leadership credentials as captain of the Gujarat Titans at IPL 2022. Let’s see ?.

He said: “When he was captain, I saw Hardik Pandya as a player, he made a great captaincy. Because after he won the toss, he chose to bowl based on conditions. Sometimes he batted first, scored the goal. Chasing batsmen as well as the bowlers. Also, his form was very important, he was batting at number three and four, getting into the power play and throwing some overs and batting all the way through. He played a big part in the team.

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He further said, “Hardik did a good job with the captaincy and if you look at the Gujarat Titans, you can tell they weren’t the strongest team after the auction. Some other franchises did a good job, but Hardik did a good job. Good made by Gujarat”.

While Pandya’s role in India’s T20 squad will require a finalist like Dinesh Karthik, Kaif sees both as players who will be instrumental in winning the T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November. Pandya and Karthik shared a 33-ball, 65-run partnership in India’s 82-run win over South Africa in Rajkot, which proved decisive in the hosts’ victory.

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