IPL 2022
‘He plays cricket in a sort of entertaining way that is contagious’ – Vikram Solanki on Hardik Pandya
By SMCS - May 29, 2022 12:45 pm
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Veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya has done an exceptional job in their first season in the Indian Premier League as he led Gujarat Titans to the final. GT dominated the entire league stage and then defeat Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1 as well and became the first team to make the IPL 2022 final. They will now play against RR in the final after they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2 as well. And, the Titans’ team director, Vikram Solanki applauded their skipper and said that he has “a poise that is typical of winners.”

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya played a captain’s knock against RR

“For me, it was very apparent that right from the outset, from when we spoke to him about the captaincy, he was enthused by it,” Vikram Solanki told ESPNcricinfo on Hardik Pandya.

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“He is somebody that’s clearly a passionate cricketer, he plays cricket in a sort of entertaining way that is contagious in its style itself because he’s confident, he is prepared to take the fight on. But, to some extent, that point about encouraging people to not be afraid of making mistakes, not doubt themselves if something hasn’t gone right, he’s certainly been giving of his time in that sense, he’s been giving of his experience in that sense. And he’s got a lot of experience to share,” the former England cricketer again shared.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya took a boundary catch

“To me, he has a poise that is typical of winners. He’s somebody that has clearly been through a great deal in his life, both as a cricketer and as a person. And he uses those experiences to sort of lead the way he does. I’m so pleased because he was very adamant that he wanted to do a really good job. He’s a thoroughly good human being. And that that has sort of stood him in good stead as well,” Vikram Solanki concluded.

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Gujarat Titans will play against Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday as they try to make history in their first year in the league as well.