Hardik Pandya led Gujarat Titans to IPL 2022 title
India is all set to take on South Africa in a five-match T20I series that starts on Thursday and the Indian team came out on Tuesday for its first practice session at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi. The focus was on all newcomers who joined the team after good IPL performances. When you talk about IPL performance, you have to talk about the man who led debutants Gujarat Titans to the title this season and that is all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Hardik is back in the Indian team for the first time since T20 World Cup last year and his leadership credentials are currently the talk of the town.
Head coach Rahul Dravid addressed the media and was also asked if the IPL win means Hardik is now part of the leadership group.
“I just met Hardik a few hours ago. I think his leadership was impressive during the IPL, he performed well. But I mean, you don’t have to be a leader to be part of a leadership group,” said Dravid.
“Yes, in terms of what happens in the future, whether someone leads the team or not, it depends on a lot of factors. The selectors will make the decision based on what they see and what happens in the future, the availability of players It’s great we have a lot of Indian captains who are doing well in the IPL Hardik was one of them Rahul did very well for LSG Sanju was captain of RR Shreyas also did it at KKR It helps people to grow and develop as players. It really helps you grow as a person too, because you have to make decisions. It’s great to see that from our perspective,” added Dravid.
However, Dravid made it clear that the focus over Hardik currently remains on how much he can bowl and the depth his all-round skills can bring to the team.
“Right now from our perspective it’s really about getting him back into bowling. You know what that does to us, what depth it brings to the side. So for us it would really be about making sure we do the best we can.” from him as a cricketer, in terms of his bowling, in terms of his batting,” Dravid said.
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