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All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is running out of Team India, has taken over the captaincy of Gujarat Lions. He has told how he wants to prove to be the captain for his team in this IPL. During the launch of the jersey of the franchise, Hardik said that if the team wins then all the credit will go to the young players. At the same time, if the team loses, then all the responsibility will be theirs.
Hardik will captain for the first time
So far in the total 92 matches played in the IPL, Hardik has scored 1,476 runs at a strike rate of 153.91. During this, his bat has hit 97 fours and 98 sixes. Apart from this, Hardik has also taken 42 wickets in bowling. Hardik, who played the role of a pinch hitter for Mumbai Indians since his IPL debut in 2015, will now be seen as a captain in the IPL. The IPL 2022 season will begin on March 26 with Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders facing each other in the first match of the tournament. Gujarat Titans will start their campaign against Lucknow Super Giants on March 28.
The pair of Hardik and Mahi used to be very famous while playing for Team India.
Gujarat is in the group of Chennai
Gujarat Titans are placed in Group B along with Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings. Hardik’s real test will be in front of a seasoned captain like Dhoni. It is certain that Hardik gives credit to Dhoni for the success of his international career. It will be interesting to see where he stands in strategizing against Captain Cool. CSK has won the IPL title in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 under Dhoni’s captaincy.
Team India has a chance to return
By performing well in this IPL, Hardik Pandya will be very eager to re-open the closed doors of the Indian team for himself. Players like Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar in his place have done well in the team so far. In such a situation, if Hardik has to come again in the Indian team, then this IPL will have to be made special for himself. For this, Hardik will also have to do something special in his bowling so that Team India can look at him with confidence in the upcoming T20 World Cup.