IPL, Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: IPL)

Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya has said that after winning the IPL 2022 title, his goal is now to win the upcoming T20 World Cup 2022 for India which will take place in Australia later this year.

Hardik Pandya was the Player of the Final, as GT defeated Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 final by 7 wickets, as he picked 3/17 to keep RR to 130/9 after they had won the toss and chose to bat first. Then during the chase, he made 34 runs, adding 60-odd runs with Shubman Gill for the 3rd wicket.

I Want To Win The World Cup For India No Matter What - Hardik Pandya After Leading GT To IPL 2022 Title
Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra (Image Credits: Twitter)

In the end, Shubman Gill’s 45* and David Miller’s quick 19-ball 32* took GT over the finish line with 7 wickets and 11 balls to spare. This made GT only the second franchise after Rajasthan themselves to win the IPL title in their debut season, as RR had won the inaugural IPL title in 2008.

Absolutely To Win The World Cup For India No Matter What Happens: Hardik Pandya

Pandya was part of the Indian team which played in the T20 World Cup 2021 where the Men in Blue suffered a shameful first loss to Pakistan in World Cups by 10 wickets and then failed to qualify for the knockout stages after losing to New Zealand as well.

Pandya was criticized as he was picked as a poor batter and was not bowling at that time due to fitness issues. However, after that, and a poor outing in IPL 2021, he took a sabbatical and worked on his fitness coming back strongly for GT in IPL 2022.

Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans
Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans. (Photo: IPL)

“Absolutely to win the World Cup for India no matter what happens. I am going to give it everything I have. Always been that kind of guy, to put the team first. For me, the goal will be simple, to make sure my team gets it the most. Playing for India has always been a kind of dream come true no matter how many games I have played. It has always been a pleasure for me to represent the country. The kind of love and support I have got is only from the Indian team’s point of view. Long term, short term, I want to win the World Cup no matter what happens,” said Hardik in the post-match press conference.

Hardik had won the IPL title every time he got into the playoffs. Four times as a part of the Mumbai Indians campaign and now with Gujarat Titans.

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