IPL 2022 concluded with Gujarat Titans defeating Rajasthan Royals in the summit clash. But there is more for the Gujarat Titans, especially their skipper Hardik Pandya. The team mentor Gary Kirsten was all praise for Hardik Pandya.
• Gujarat Titans won IPL 2022 by defeating Rajasthan Royals
• Gary Kirsten praises Hardik Pandya as a capable skipper
• Wriddhiman Saha said critics are proven wrong
What Did Gary Kirsten Say About Hardik Pandya?
Gujarat Titans coach Gary Kirsten credited Hardik Pandya for the massive win of the team over Rajasthan Royals. He said Hardik Pandya was eager to learn as a captain and he could engage with his teammates. Hardik Pandya excelled both as skipper and player in Gujarat Titans’ very first win in the IPL.
Kirsten who was the coach when India won the 2011 World Cup title said that Hardik Pandya had been fantastic and that he had looked forward to working with Pandya. Kirsten said that Pandya was a high-profile player in India but he was incredibly humble, wanting to learn as a leader and engage with teammates. Pandya had tried to help the youngsters, Kirsten said to the IPL host broadcaster.
What Did Gary Kirsten Say About His Experience?
The former South African said that one never stops learning as a coach, every IPL was a learning experience that was what he enjoyed. He said that he had loved working with Ashish Nehra. Kirsten said that Ashis was really strong tactically. He said that he enjoyed the responsibility players had taken to win the games.
Kirsten said that teams looked for a good balance and good depth in the auction but the most important thing was to look for players who can play different roles. He said that the thing they learned with Ashish was finding players who were versatile at 4, 5, and 6 positions.
Kirsten said that they had got a good bowling attack but they were always confident because they had got a good balance in the team.
Wriddhiman Saha who opened the match said that someone said their team was not good after the auctions, but they proved them wrong. David Miller was overjoyed after his first-ever IPL. Miller said that winning the match had been a collective effort. Everyone had stuck up their hands and performed well, said Miller.