Rahul Dravid Praises The Leadership Skills Of Hardik Pandya
By CricShots - Jun 7, 2022 9:20 pm
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The Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid has showered praises on the captaincy skills of Hardik Pandya in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and said there’s no need to be a designated leader to be part of the leadership group of Team India. During a recent press conference ahead of the 5-match T20I series against South Africa, starting June 9, Dravid said the team management will right now focus on getting the best out of Hardik, the all-rounder.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya proved a lot of critics wrong by leading Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title in what was his first stint as captain in the IPL. Hardik had never led a team in competitive cricket but the all-rounder impressed with his leadership and showcased calmness and maturity with his on-field decisions. Rahul Dravid said he had met Hardik only a couple of hours before the press conference and confirmed that the all-rounder, along with players who were part of the IPL 2022 final on May 29, were given an extra day’s rest.

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Rahul Dravid said, “I just met Hardik a couple of hours ago. For the guys who played the final, we gave them an extra day off. But I think his leadership was very impressive right through the IPL. He performed very well. In the sense, you don’t have to be designated as a leader to be part of any leadership group. It’s not only about Hardik being designated in a position. At this point in time, it’s really about it’s good from our perspective that he has started bowling again.”

Rahul Dravid
Indian head coach, Rahul Dravid

He further added, “We know what that does for us, and what his bowling can add to our depth. It’s about ensuring that we can get the best out of him as a cricketer, in terms of bowling, batting, and fielding, and in terms of what happens ahead, it depends on many factors. The selectors will take that decision, in terms of what happens in the future.”

Furthermore, Rahul Dravid said it’s so good to see a lot of young Indian players being handed the role of captains in the IPL and it will only help them grow as a cricketer and a person.

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Elaborating the same, Rahul Dravid said “It’s great that we have a lot of Indian captains in the IPL doing well, Hardik is one of them. KL Rahul did a good job at LSG. Sanju did well for the Royals. It’s really nice to see the younger guys leading. “It helps people grow and develop as players. It helps you grow as a person also. It’s great from our perspective that there are lot of leadership positions for young Indians in the IPL.”

Hardik Pandya has been making a comeback in the Indian team for the first time since the T20 World Cup last year. The all-rounder scored more than 450 runs and picked up 8 wickets, including a match-winning 3-wicket haul in the IPL 2022 final against the Rajasthan Royals.