Gujarat Titans won the IPL 2022 on Sunday after beating Rajasthan Royals in the pinnacle clash at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It was skipper Hardik Pandya who was brilliant that day, taking three wickets and scoring 34 runs. It was this performance that helped Hardik earn player of the match honors in the pinnacle clash. This season, Hardik has displayed strong all-around performances and former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has given the 28-year-old high praise.
“The selection committee would be delighted. The front group would be delighted with the way he did because everyone had seen him at bat, but they hadn’t seen him play. He came and played three overs at the trot, four overs at the trot that shows he’s 100% fit. Yeah, gotta handle it well, no doubt. When you got a bad back injury like that, when you had surgery, you have to be managed. He was bowling today in his mid-140s, which means he was really letting himself go,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports after the match between GT and RR.
“Also the shot selection he showed as a batsman, he wasn’t throwing his bat at everything. The shot selection was absolutely terrific. Yes, in this game you’ll go out looking for a six but generally the captain like that did with Rohit Sharma the shot selection got better Rohit Sharma was also like Hardik Pandya absolutely brilliant the moment he got the captaincy he also started scoring 70 -80-100,” he added.
Hardik booked his best performance with the ball for the final as he recorded a 3-17 spell, and that included wickets from Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and Shimron Hetmyer.
In the 2022 IPL season, Gujarat skipper Hardik recorded 487 runs with the bat and he also took eight wickets with the ball in hand. Speaking of the final between GT and RR, the latter struck first and posted 130/9 in 20 overs. Buttler had the top score with a shot of 39.
Chasing 131, Shubman Gill and David Miller remained unbeaten at 45 and 34 respectively to send Gujarat over the line by seven wickets and 11 balls to spare.
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