Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya said he was delighted with the extensive team effort in their first win in the Indian Premier League on Monday. Gujarat won the battle of newcomers against Lucknow Super Giants, shooting 159 in a final thriller at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
after speaking winning his first ever IPL game as captainHardik Pandya said he couldn’t have asked for a better start, adding that the way everyone on the team contributed to the win will give them a boost of confidence in their first season.
Gujarat, as Hardik pointed out, had more than one protagonist in their 5-wicket win over Lucknow such as Mohammed Shami, Rahul Tewatia, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar and the skipper himself.
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While Shami’s opening 3-wicket volley destroyed Lucknow’s hitting unit after Hardik chose to bowl, Rahul Tewtia (40 not out on 24) and David Miller (21-ball 30) revived their chase that was stuttering after Gujarat captained Hardik and opener Matthew had lost Waad in quick succession after a solid position between the two.
As the game turned, Tewatia and Miller took the Lucknow bowlers to the cleaners before Karnataka’s highly regarded Abhinav Manohar hit 15 from just 7 balls to take them past the finish line.
“We want to win as a team and no one can take the contribution anyway. It was also quite humid so I wouldn’t have ended Shami’s spell there.
“Manohar is a talent to watch with the talent he has. He is someone you will hear about in the future. Tewatia was sensational too,” said Hardik.
‘FAMILY IS HAPPY’
Hardik did well and showed signs of decisiveness in his first game as captain. However, he got out in the 11st left to his brother Krunal, who was great with the ball for Lucknow Super Giants. Hardik made 33 out of 28, but his dismissal put pressure on Gujarat’s middle class before Tewatia and Miller counterattacked.
Hardik said his brother’s dismissal didn’t hurt him as Gujarat finished on the right side of the result.
“It would have hurt me more to go to Krunal if we had lost, but now the family is neutral and happy. He got me out and we won the game,” added Hardik.
Earlier in the day, Shami shocked Lucknow, removing openers KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock. However, Deepak Hooda (54) and young Ayush Badoni (54) helped LSG recover from 29/4 and post 158 on the board.