IPL 2022: I’ve started to balance things in my life, says Hardik Pandya after taking Gujarat Titans to final | Cricket News



KOLKATA: A very different Hardik Pandya has come out on top this Indian Premier League (IPL) season and the Gujarat Titans (GT) skipper feels he’s finally learned to find a balance on and off the ground.
Under Hardik, Gujarat Titans, a first-time franchise, reached the final in its founding year, and Pandya’s 453 runs in 15 games and seven wickets played a part, aside from his calm demeanor as a captain.
“I’ve started to balance things in my life. It’s been a constant effort over the last couple of years,” said Pandya, who was once known for his flamboyant attitude, after Titans’ comfortable seven-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals in the first qualifier.

“At the end of the day, my family, my son, my wife and my brother also played a big role. They kind of allowed me to become neutral in life. I can’t wait to go home and move on. time with my family, and it also made me a better cricketer,” he added on a pragmatic note.
Pandya said the feeling of reaching the final will take some time to sink in.
“I don’t have a lot of feelings at the moment. I’m trying to be neutral (calm) again, I will say.”
It was the atmosphere in the changing rooms and the presence of a few great individuals that allowed this kind of prodigious result.

“All 23 players are different characters, bring different things to the table. I was also saying to Miller: if you have good people around you, you get good things. It’s that story for us. The genre people we have, the authentic human beings we have..
“I really see that even the players in the dugout are trying and praying that they do well. It’s something fantastic and that’s why we have reached where we have arrived. It it’s about making sure we respect that game.”
He praised Rashid Khan, who once again had a good day with the ball.
“Rash has been fantastic throughout the season and throughout his cricketing journey.”

He praised Miller, who has single-handedly won at least four tournament matches so far.
“But I’m proud of Miller – the way we played. Wherever my team asks me to play, I usually don’t demand where I want to hit. That’s not how I’m successful. ”
Wicket got better at bat in 2nd half, says Samson
Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson was pleased with the tally achieved but felt the Eden Gardens strip had become better at sticking in the second half of the game.
“I felt good doing that kind of total because I felt the wicket was a bit sticky and there was a lot of swing in the power play. I think we managed to put in a good score, but I think they played really well to chase the score down,” Samson said after the game.
“It was a bit of a two pace and the rebound wasn’t even either, I just went after bowling from the first ball and had a bit of a chance to get a few points on the power play, but the wicket was a little hard to beat and we ended up very well.
“To score that kind of total on that wicket in those conditions, against that bowling attack was a great performance from our batters. We’ve been doing very well, all five bowlers have been our main bowlers and they’ve done very well throughout. throughout the tournament.”

Samson defended his decision not to use a sixth bowler at Riyan Parag.
“Having Riyan also helps, but I felt he was a bit better to hit in the second inning because it went well on the bat.
“We played some really good cricket throughout the tournament, a few overs here and there, a few extra runs, a few lags by a few of our bowlers, we’ll try to come back and play some good cricket.
“In this format, luck (the draw) plays a huge role, so it all comes down to what you want to do under your control. Hoping for a good result in the next game.”


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