IPL 2022: Mohammad Kaif lauds Hardik Pandya’s captaincy and batting in Gujarat Titans’ win vs RR

Mohammad Kaif praised Hardik Pandya for his sharp captaincy in IPL 2022 and his meticulously planned knockdown in the Qualifier 1 match against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Pandya led the Gujarat Titans (GT) to a seven-stroke win in Tuesday’s Qualifier 1 clash with the Royals. The win has secured the Titans a spot in the IPL 2022 final, which will take place on Sunday (May 29) in Ahmedabad.

During a discussion on Star Sports, Mohammad Kaif was asked about his views on Pandya’s captaincy. He responded:

“The guy (Pandya) standing in the middle and talking to the pitcher on each ball, a lot of coordination, a lot of chatter, you can talk about transparency or roles. We didn’t see a single one. What better captain than Hardik Pandya in this IPL, he’s got a great captaincy.”

The former Indian cricketer points out that Pandya made a well-thought-out decision to ask the Royals to hit the baton first. Kaif explains:

“He knows when to hit or score after he’s won. They won eight of the first nine games, they played badly after that, came here after losing three of the last five. It was a tight match. force on them but still said that these are new conditions, it’s overcast, it’s raining, so they’ll do it first.”

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri said he was not shocked and surprised by Hardik Pandya’s captaincy.

Many cricket experts were skeptical when the Gujarat Titans appointed Hardik Pandya as their captain. But Baroda’s all-rounder silenced his critics by leading tournament newcomers to the IPL 2022 final.


“The beginning that Hardik Pandya gave, allow Miller time” – Mohammad Kaif

Hardik Pandya and David Miller's partnership has pushed the Gujarat Titans beyond the limits [P/C: iplt20.com]
Hardik Pandya and David Miller’s partnership has pushed the Gujarat Titans beyond the limits [P/C: iplt20.com]

Speaking about Pandya’s hit in the game on Tuesday, Kaif praised the GT captain for allowing David Miller to keep an eye on him on the other end of the line. He further explained:

“The start that Hardik Pandya gave, allowed Miller time. Miller took his time but when he (Pandya) arrived he started playing his shots. He hit with fours. hand, missed six but Miller was relieved he could take his time.”

The former assistant coach of Delhi Capitals concludes by observing that Pandya is controlling the situation in Miller’s company. Kaif says:

“When he (Pandya) arrived, he hit 22 executions on 11 balls, it showed he was in great form. He said he was going to play in 4th place, he was in 4th place. decided his numbers. He had control overall and the way they both finished, it was a great collaboration.”

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Pandya and Miller have stuck together an uninterrupted 106-year partnership after the Titans were dropped to 85/3 in the tenth. While the former all-Indian athlete of Mumbai was the early aggressor, Miller dominated as the rounds progressed and closed the chase with three consecutive goals in the 20th round.


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Edited by Sankalp Srivastava

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