Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya
Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg believes that there are shades of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni and Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma in Gujarat Titans (GT) captain Hardik Pandya’s captaincy skills.

Gujarat Titans (GT) have done sensationally well under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, who is leading a team for the very first time in his IPL career. GT recently defeated a strong LSG team to reach the 18 points mark and become the first team to officially qualify for the playoffs.

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MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. Photo- Twitter
Photo- Twitter

In a video shared by Brad Hogg on his official YouTube channel, he said that Hardik is cool, calm, collected, and composed just like the legendary skipper Dhoni and he backs his players and talks to them regularly. He elaborated:

“We look at the MS Dhoni components to his game style: Calmness, not getting overboard by the situation, and changing his body reactions to any situations when they’re under pressure.

“He’s still cool, calm, collected, and composed. He talks to his players to make sure they’ve got a clear mind of what they want to execute next under pressure.”

“He’s calming everything down. He knows the end result, he’s not reacting quickly to certain situations. And when he makes changes, they are precise changes, and they have been game-changing moments. and that is MS Dhoni.”

He’s allowing players to play with freedom – Brad Hogg on Hardik Pandya

Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Photo- Youtube

Hogg further said that Hardik’s leadership is similar to Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit because he allows his bowlers to express themselves and does not dictate the situation. He elaborated:

“Rohit Sharma – he’s allowing players to play with freedom. You can see it. He’s allowing his bowlers, especially, and this is where you see it most in this part of his leadership to express themselves to back their game plans.

“The only time he goes and talks to them is if the player is just looking like he’s on the back foot and not quite sure about himself.”

“He’s just telling them what do you want to bowl, what’s your gameplan, back it, go for it, or if there needs to be a little bit of a change, he allows the bowler to say, ‘I might think of this and then he’ll add his own opinion.’

“He’s not dictating the situation, he’s allowing the bowlers to take control. That is brilliant leadership.”

Hardik Pandya. Photo-IPL
Hardik Pandya. Photo-IPL

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