IPL 2023: Captaincy is something I back my instincts on, says Hardik Pandya

His unexpected calls and decisions have worked in the favour of Gujarat Titans most of the time

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Gujarat Titans' Hardik Pandya (right). — AFP
Gujarat Titans' Hardik Pandya (right). — AFP

Published: Wed 26 Apr 2023, 4:58 PM

Hardik Pandya, with his captaincy skills, has been the backbone of the Gujarat Titans. His unexpected calls and decisions have worked in the favour of GT most of the time. Once again, his decisions against Mumbai Indians allowed GT to register a comfortable victory at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

After a slow powerplay, MI started to regain momentum with Cameron Green. But the decision to bring in the deadly spinners helped GT regain control of the match.

"That has been my motto, always taking calls on situations. T20 is very funny, a couple of sixes can change your mind. Captaincy is something I back my instincts on. Me and Ashu Pa (Ashish Nehra) have a similar mindset, we back our calls and we have similar calls. Today, the idea of bowling Rashid and Noor was simple," Hardik Pandya said after the match.

"They like pace with Green and Tim David who are big hitters, and that's why we wanted to offer them spin and offer them spinners that are difficult to read. Wanted to close the game early because a couple of games haven't gone in our favour recently. (On Abhinav Manohar) I think it is all hard work, he bats 2 hours in the nets every day it feels like, he's been our best death overs hitter. We spoke to him last year and there were a few things he had to improve on, and this year he's come out blazing."

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