Last Update on: May 28th, 2023 at 03:19 pm
Michael Vaughan, a former captain of England, praised Hardik Pandya and predicted that the all-rounder would eventually lead the Indian white-ball cricket team.
Since taking over as GT’s captain, Hardik has been a revelation, leading the brand-new team to the IPL championship in their inaugural season last year.
Gujarat Titans (GT) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) squared off in the first game of the 2023 Indian Premier League at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, and they will do so again in the championship game.
Can MS Dhoni win his sixth championship while serving as captain and eventually tie Rohit Sharma’s record, or will Hardik Pandya become the third captain to win the trophy in back-to-back seasons? It’s a more difficult topic to answer because both clubs’ players are now in outstanding form.
IPL 2023 | India National Cricket Team | Chennai Super Kings (CSK) | Delhi Capitals (DC) | Gujarat Titans (GT) | Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) | Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) | Mumbai Indians (MI) | Punjab Kings (PBKS) | Rajasthan Royals (RR) | Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) | SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Gujarat Titans, a team that was expected to win the league from the start, fell to CSK in Qualifier 1. The holders won easily in Qualifier 2 against the resurgent Mumbai Indians with to a stunning century from teenager Shubman Gill, his third of the year, and a five-wicket haul from Mohit Sharma.
“He will captain India in white-ball cricket”- Michael Vaughan On Hardik Pandya
Former England captain Michael Vaughan has lauded the leadership qualities of Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and has predicted that he will be the captain of the Indian cricket team in the white-ball format in the future.
The former captain of England claimed that Hardik has the composure and demeanour of the middle. The all-rounder has the Midas touch to excel as a white-ball skipper, according to Vaughan, who also praised the manner the all-rounder approaches his bowling substitutions.
“Hardik Pandya is going to captain India. I can convince all of you listening to this, that he is going to captain India. I don’t know when it is going to be. He will captain India in white-ball cricket. He has got the calmness, he has got the game. I’m worried about his injury to his back, but he has just got that persona right in the middle. You can see his body language” Michael Vaughan said.
“The way he maneuvers his field calmly. The way he makes his bowling changes. Yes, he has got two outstanding spinners and Mohammed Shami, who has been the best seamer in the tournament. You need bowlers as a captain. He has got that Midas touch you need to be an outstanding white-ball captain,” Michael Vaughan added.
In the final, the Chennai Super Kings will face the Gujarat Titans.