Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Picture Supply: IPL/BCCI)

Hardik Pandya’s captaincy has definitely been spectacular within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Standing in his first management task within the competitors, Hardik took Gujarat Titans to 3 successive wins earlier than an eight-wicket defeat in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday (April 11). Whereas Hardik delivered with each bat and the ball within the recreation, he appeared to have misplaced his cool whereas defending a par whole of 162 in Mumbai.

Hardik, who conceded simply 5 runs in his first two overs, was taken to the cleaners by his SRH counterpart Kane Williamson in his third over. He hit the pacer for 2 consecutive sixes because the Orange Military gained command after a gradual begin. Notably, in the identical over, Hardik had a possibility to dismiss Williamson’s batting accomplice Rahul Tripathi.

Tripathi mistimed a pull shot off Hardik’s well-directed bouncer and the ball travelled to the third-man boundary, the place Mohammed Shami was effectively positioned. Whereas the speedster had a possibility to take the catch, he opted the safer route and remained backward to avoid wasting the boundary. This didn’t go down effectively with the GT captain as he was seen yelling on the veteran quick bowler.

It was not Hardik Pandya’s captaincy however the lack of runs that price GT: Graeme Swann

Whereas a piece of followers criticized Hardik’s captain, former England spinner Graeme Swann got here out in his assist and stated a captain’s nerve can get fired in such an intense match. “I’ll inform you what we shouldn’t do although. We shouldn’t take a look at it and say swiftly Hardik is just not an excellent captain. The truth that they didn’t rating sufficient runs misplaced them the sport, not Hardik Pandya’s captaincy,” stated Swann on Star Sports activities.

“He shuffled his packs fairly effectively however in fact, your nerves get a bit fried as a skipper or a bowler (in tense conditions). It was not Hardik’s captaincy however the lack of runs that price them,” he added. Former Australia opener Mathew Hayden, who was part of the identical panel, additionally criticized Shami for not going for the catch.

“I reckon this was a extremely pivotal second within the match, he was bowling at good pace. Mohammed Shami was on the boundary and he made no effort. In truth, he retreated again to the boundary I received’t say he prevented the catch essentially.” stated Hayden.

“He actually wanted to go more durable contained in the boundary. When you find yourself not defending a lot, it’s about actually working onerous in your mates, and taking the hassle catches and make the performs. Be it run-out or catches or simply assists, usually, to cease a batter from scoring boundaries,” he added.



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