In his debut season as IPL captain, Hardik has led debutants Gujarat Titans from the front and Kaif believes his fine form will translate well for Team India in their upcoming five-game T20I series against South Africa.
The Men in Blue extended their winning streak in T20Is to 12 against Sri Lanka earlier this year. They are now preparing for an important moment in this journey and are reaching unprecedented greatness for their name. With an unprecedented record of 13-0 straight wins in T20Is, Team India will add another illustrious chapter to their book and Hardik could play a key role in that.
Speaking on Cricket Live on Star Sports, Mohammad Kaif said: “The Indian cricket team missed Hardik Pandya very much. He’s in his element now and can fully contribute to the team’s success. He was a finisher for Mumbai Indians, but once he took over as captain of the Gujarat Titans, he accepted the challenge to bat at No. 4 and delivered match after match. Hardik’s return is great news for Team India ahead of the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. He hits exceptionally well and looks disciplined with the ball too. These are good signs for Indian cricket.”
Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has praised natural leader Hardik Pandya for leading the Gujarat Titans from the front in the 2022 IPL. The Gujarat Titans played their A-game again, defeating the Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 1 to become the inaugural finalists of the Toughest T20 League.
“He’s looked very fresh since his comeback from injury. After his comeback on the pitch he understood his game. He’s doing well with the racquet and the ball. I feel like there’s a leader hiding in him somewhere, but with his family’s support, it’s finally coming out and how,” Raina said.
“He’s a born leader and the way he’s organized his troops for the Gujarat Titans is nothing short of commendable. Gujarat has done so well because of Hardik’s leadership and the way he supports the players. ”
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