The young Gujarat Titans (GT) bowler, R Sai Kishore has stated that Hardik Pandya is the junior version of MS Dhoni after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 for GT under his leadership. The young spinner also added that Hardik has the knack of getting the best out of his players under his captaincy which is similar to MS Dhoni. In their debut season, GT managed to win the title in their debut season and scripted a memorable triumph.
Hardik Pandya led a team for the first time in his career and helped them win the trophy. He contributed with the bat and ball in the team’s title run. He also garnered a lot of praise from many former cricketers and pundits for his calm and composed leadership decisions in the tournament.
Left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore was also part of the team and he compared Hardik to MS Dhoni saying that the former is a junior version of the former Indian skipper.
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Talking about the same, during a chat with Times of India, Sai Kishore said, “I would call Hardik the junior version of Dhoni. There are a lot of similarities between the two. Much like Dhoni, Hardik has the knack of getting the best out of his players. Both put the team before themselves and that’s what you expect from your leader.”
Sai Kishore had been in the CSK squad but didn’t get to play any match. He revealed that his game-reading skills flourished while bowling to MS Dhoni in the nets and interacting with him. Teh southpaw spinner picked six wickets from five matches in the IPL 2022 with an economy rate of 7.56.
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Elaborating the same, Sai Kishore said, “Bowling to MS Dhoni at the nets and speaking to him about the game did a world of good for me. My game-reading skills have improved.”