IPL Final: 'Our cricketing minds work in a similar fashion' - Hardik Pandya on Ashish Nehra

Gujarat Titans have done exceptionally well under their new skipper Hardik Pandya and they became the first team to reach the final of IPL 2022.

Hardik Pandya hit his 100th IPL six in the match between GT and SRH (Courtesy: iplt20.com)
By Shurti Banerjee | May 29, 2022 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Gujarat Titans have done exceptionally well under their new skipper Hardik Pandya and they became the first team to reach the final of IPL 2022. However, Pandya has said that “it’s ruthless business” for him when he goes on to the field to play a match in the league, claiming that he doesn’t play for reputation but plays for what his team needs as well. Meanwhile, he gave almost all the credit to none other than the head coach of Gujarat Titans and former Indian pace bowler Ashish Nehra. Moreover, he also believes it was Nehra who got the best out of him as well.

“I and my brother (Krunal) were having a chat before we signed anything. I said, someone who can understand me and know me as a person and kind of get the best out of me would be Ashish Nehra. So for me, playing and spending so much time with him is always fun and I’ve always enjoyed his company no matter what. Our cricketing minds work in a similar fashion. He is someone who spends so much time looking after people (and) that is a fantastic quality. He makes sure he gives ample time to every individual. Ashu Pa (Nehra) and a lot of credit goes to the support staff to make sure that the outside environment is pretty chilled out and all that,” said Hardik Pandya before the all-important final against Rajasthan Royals.

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However, he also added that when it comes to taking charge on the ground, he takes over and makes sure everyone believes in themselves to do well. “And when it comes to competitiveness, I think that’s where I take over. When we go on the ground, it’s ruthless business for me. For me, it’s about getting your job done. For us it is very important to kind of believe in ourselves and make sure that all the players feel that they are at home,” further added the all-rounder.

“I care about how much you’re putting your team first” – Hardik Pandya

The captain also said that the main quality of his side was that some of the individuals always step up with a match-winning performance no matter what the situation is. And, that helped them throughout the league stage. Notably, they won 10 games and lost only4, finishing as the table toppers of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2022 as well. Moreover, the captain too got criticised but he answered well with his leadership and the bat as well, being the leading run-scorer of his side as well.

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“Whenever we are put under situations where we have to show our character, some individual has kind of stood up and shown the way. I don’t care about the result, I care about the intensity. I care about how much you’re putting your team first. Throughout my life people have counted me out, always put a question mark, and the same thing happened when we went ahead about this auction, or even retention or even my captaincy. You know the best way to answer is not answer and I think all the people who said something or gave their opinion, I don’t have to tell them to take it back. I think they themselves have taken it back,” Hardik Pandya signed off.

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