The 29-year-old all-rounder captained the debutant Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League 2022 and played a key role in making the team the champion. He is already leading the Indian team in T20 Internationals. In such a situation, the great Sunil Gavaskar said, ‘I am very impressed with his captaincy for Gujarat Titans and then India in T20 format. I believe if he wins the first match in Mumbai, you can seal his name for India captain after the 2023 ODI World Cup is over. Gavaskar said that Pandya’s presence in the middle order is very important for India. He said, “He can be an ‘Impact and Game Changer’ player in the middle order.” Even for the Gujarat team, he used to come up the order to bat as per the requirement.
This former veteran opener said, ‘He is such a player who is ready to take responsibility. Leads the team from the front. He will not ask other players to do something that he himself wants to do. He is very important for this team. Gavaskar said that Pandya’s captaincy style also makes him a favorite among other players. He said, ‘You must have seen that as a captain, Hardik Pandya keeps other players comfortable. He handles the situation properly by boosting the confidence of the players.
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