After struggling with his fitness for a number of years, Hardik Pandya finally got back to his old self in 2022, just in time to lead the Gujarat Titans to their first-ever India Premier League (IPL) championship in the franchise’s very first season.
After all-rounder Hardik Pandya won the match for Team India against Pakistan in the opening game of their Asia Cup 2022 campaign, legendary Indian cricketer Kapil Dev heaped praise on him and referred to him as a fantastic athlete. Pandya’s performance helped Team India advance to the next round of the tournament.
On Sunday, India defeated Pakistan in the opening match of their Asia Cup 2022 campaign by a score of five wickets. Hardik Pandya was awarded the title of “Man of the Match” due to the fact that he scored the winning run in the match (33*) and had an outstanding bowling performance (3/25), during which he took the important wickets of Mohammed Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Khushdil Shah.
“Because of this, the team has a distinct advantage (presence of all-rounders like Hardik Pandya). You have Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom are capable batsmen and bowlers in their own overs. The addition of any player capable of several roles would be icing on the cake for the club. Hardik and Jadeja are great athletes. Hardik has made us very proud. The one catch is that he is responsible for looking for himself.
Because an injury to a player of his calibre almost always results in an injury to the entire squad. His talent is unquestionable; the only thing I have cause for concern about is the possibility of him getting hurt “said Kapil in an interview that was conducted exclusively with ANI.
After struggling with his fitness for a number of years, Pandya finally regained his top form in 2022, just in time to steer the Gujarat Titans to their first-ever India Premier League (IPL) championship in the franchise’s inaugural campaign.
Pandya led his team from the front throughout the entire season with his all-around performance. He finished with 487 runs scored at an average of 44.27 over the course of 15 games and hit four fifties. Additionally, he was responsible for eight wickets for his team, one of which was the game-winning 3/17 in the championship match.
Since then, he has displayed outstanding form for India in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and has played several vital knocks, whether as an aggressor or an anchor. He has also scored a lot of runs.
Pandya has played in 14 T20 Internationals so far this year, scoring 314 runs over the course of 13 innings with an average of 34.88. He has knocked in a number of important runs in addition to his one half-century. In addition, he has helped his team win 11 matches while taking 11 wickets with a best bowling performance of 4/33.
Additionally, in three One-Day Internationals (ODIs), he has played in, he has scored a total of 100 runs in two innings, with an average of 50, with one fifty, and his best score is 71. Over the course of these three encounters, he has taken a total of six wickets, with his best stats being 4/24.
Pandya will continue to be an extremely valuable player for Team India at the upcoming ICC World T20 2022, which will take place in October and November of this year.
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