‘When someone is having a bad day…’: Hardik draws inspiration from Dhoni’s book and reveals his ‘philosophy’ as captain of Ahmedabad | locust
Hardik Pandya’s role as a versatile player has been in jeopardy amid injury struggles and time away from international cricket. The Baroda cricketer has had his fair share of injuries over the past two years which has also kept him away from bowling duties.
Hardik only managed to win four overs during India’s lackluster campaign at the 2021 T20 World Cup. He also failed to make a single delivery for Mumbai (MI) Indians in the previous IPL edition. But Hardik, 28, will see a revival when he takes charge of the CVC-owned Ahmedabad franchise in the coming season.
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IPL side Ahmedabad, which will debut in the 2022 edition of the tournament, named Hardik as captain and picked Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as the other two draft picks. Ongoing back problems may have taken him away from the national setup a bit, but Hardik is eager to leave after being handed the lead role.
It’s no secret that Hardik admires and respects MS Dhoni, and the flamboyant all-rounder also has a similar “philosophy” when it comes to leading a team. Hardik, who last captained at Under-16 level, aims to be alongside his players in their difficult phase.
“I’ll give an example – when someone is on a high and everything falls into place, they really don’t need anyone, they’re in a good space at that time and don’t need anyone, I always believed that when someone is having a bad day, that’s when they need you,” Hardik told PTI in an interaction facilitated by the Ahmedabad franchise.
“My philosophy is that if someone is well, as captain I will not disturb them but when they are down, as a person, I will be available if they need me to hold their hand. C This is the motto I would like to follow. . For anyone who needs me, I will always be there,” he added.
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During his seven season stint at the Mumbai Indians, Hardik scored 1476 runs at a strike rate of 153.91 and also picked 42 wickets at a strike rate of 20.69. Illustrious passage within the franchise, Hardik wishes to build his new team around players capable of playing according to the situation.
“For me, it’s about players who can play depending on the situation. It doesn’t matter how much fireworks you have, it’s all about the situations and picking the right moments and you win,” he said. he stated in views almost similar to those of Dhoni.
“When you’ve finished the game you know who the winner is, but there are little moments where you have to win in T20 matches and for us that’s more important. We’re focused on making sure that we win those little battles – maybe good in 14th or 16th, just an example,” Hardik added.