Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, a lot of questions were raised over the fitness and form of the veteran all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He was not in action then as he was rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Also, his team Gujarat Titans wasn’t considered a strong side in the tournament as well too. But Pandya and his men did exceptionally well with 10 wins out of 14 league matches, ending at the table toppers.
Moreover, Hardik Pandya scored 487 runs, at an average of 44.27, along with 8 wickets and former India batting great Sunil Gavaskar was extremely happy to see Pandya back in form prior to the much-awaited T20 World Cup in Australia. Speaking on Star Sports after the IPL 2022 final in Ahmedabad, Gavaskar said that the Indian selectors would be satisfied to see Hardik Pandya scoring runs and bowling 140 clicks.
“The selection committee will be delighted with the way he has come through. Everyone had seen him batting but nobody had seen him bowl. Now he is coming and bowling four overs sometimes or three overs on the trot which shows that he is 100 per cent fit. But yes, he has got to be managed well. When you have a back injury as serious as that where you have surgery, you got to be managed. But the fact that he is coming and bowling at over 140, means he was letting it rip,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports after the final.
“Also, the shot selection he showed as a batter. He wasn’t throwing his bat at just about everything. It was absolutely terrific. In this game, you tend to look for six and get out but generally with captaincy, just like it did with Rohit Sharma, the shot selection became better. Rohit, too like Hardik was brilliant, but the moment he got the captaincy, he started scoring 70, 80, 100s as well,” he shared about Hardik Pandya.