Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has claimed that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is a changed man now, who is showing a lot more maturity and responsibility. 28-year-old Pandya was dropped from the Indian team over form and fitness issues after the T20 World Cup last year. The fact that he wasn’t bowling made matters worse for him.
Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named captain of the Indian team for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, which will be played in Dublin on June 26 and 28. Pandya has been rewarded for a magnificent IPL 2022 season during which he led debutant franchise Gujarat Titans (GT) to title triumph. The 28-year-old led from the front, scoring 487 runs and claiming eight wickets.
Hardik Pandya, who has been appointed captain of Ahmedabad franchise for IPL 2022, has stated that one does not need to be a captain to lead. According to Pandya, there are different ways of leading and he has his own style. The 28-year-old was a regular feature of the Mumbai Indians (MI) for the past few seasons. However, he was not retained ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. He will now have a new challenge with the Ahmedabad in the upcoming IPL season.
Ahmedabad, one of the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises for the 2022 season, recently announced Hardik Pandya as their captain. Ahmedabad picked the former Mumbai Indians (MI) all-rounder for INR 15 crore and paid the same amount to bag Afghanistan leggie Rashid Khan. Upcoming batter Subhman Gill was the third draft pick for the Ahmedabad franchise at a price of INR 8 crore
India clinched the T20I series against Australia with a methodical six-wicket triumph at Sydney on Sunday. Set to chase 195 for victory, India got home courtesy a splendid cameo of 42 not out from 22 balls by Hardik Pandya. With 14 needed to win off the last over, Pandya dispatched debutant Daniel Sams over the ropes twice to seal an impressive win for India. Apart from Pandya, opener Shikhar Dhawan (52 from 36), skipper Virat Kohli (40 from 24) and KL Rahul (30 from 22) also made significant contributions. While Shreyas Iyer only made 12 from five, his two boundaries were also crucial as it came at a pivotal point in the chase.
To begin with, let's understand why the cricketing world is so fascinated by all-rounders.
In layman terms, you have a wicket-keeper who bats a bit and you have five batsmen and five bowlers. In effect, you have six people who can bat and five people who can bowl as their primary skill, out of the 11 players in the team. Now, if a couple of the batsmen can bowl a bit and a couple of bowlers can bat a bit, it gives immense balance to the side as the captain then has more options at his disposal.