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Gujarat Titans, who landed for the first time in the 15th season of IPL, won the title by defeating Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets in the final. After the final was over, captain Hardik Pandya answered those who raised questions about his fitness and his bowling ahead of the tournament. He said, ‘I had to show what I worked hard for and today was my day from the bowling point of view.’
He further said, ‘I had saved my good performance. When I bowled the second ball after getting Sanju out, I realized that you have to keep the line length right while bowling.
Hardik said that batting is very close to his heart. It was only after the mega auction that it became clear that he would have to bat in the top order.
Coach Nehra praised
Pandya said, “I and ‘Ashu Pa’ (coach Ashish Nehra) are similar in thinking. We both have bowlers who can win matches on their own. Of course T20 cricket is a game of batsmen, but it is the bowlers who win you matches.
Pandya said that the credit of the trophy does not go to any one, but to all. From coach Ashish Nehra, Gary Kirsten to the logistics staff, everyone has contributed.
Brilliant performance by Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya scored 487 runs at an average of 44.27 in 15 matches played in the 15th season of IPL. His strike rate stood at 131.27. Along with this, he also took 8 wickets while doing wonders with the bowling. At the same time, in the final too, Hardik showed amazing with both the ball and the bat. First he took 3 wickets for 17 runs in 4 overs for the team in bowling. After this, batting, scored 34 runs in 30 balls at a strike rate of 113.33.
Pandya’s captaincy was also amazing. Gujarat won 12 matches out of 16 matches under his captaincy.