IPL Final 2022, GT vs RR: Everyone will remember it was the team that started this journey, says Hardik Pandya | Cricket News



AHMEDABAD: Hardik Pandya said on Sunday his latest triumph, when he captained the Gujarat Titans for the first time, was something generations to come would talk about.
Hardik’s side capped off a dream campaign in their debut season by winning the Indian Premier League title with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the final here.
“This title is going to be special because we talked about creating a legacy. Generations to come will talk about it,” Hardik said.


“Everyone will remember that this is the team that started this journey and winning the championship in the first year is very special.”
The triumphant Gujarat Titans skipper said he knew he was going to hit number four for debutants after completing the mega auction ahead of IPL-15.
“When the auction ended, I knew I would have to fight at No. 4,” Hardik said at the presentation ceremony.
Hardik won four IPL titles with Mumbai Indians.
Gujarat’s much-loved bowling attack, led by skipper Hardik (3/17) himself, limited a formidable Rajasthan Royals batting unit to 130 for nine after losing the coin toss.


Asked about his bowling, he said: “I wanted to show at the right time what I worked hard for. Today was the day from a bowling perspective where I saved the best for the best.
“Second ball in my spell when I took Sanju (Samson) out, I saw that if you hit the wicket hard and hit the seam something will (will) happen.
“It’s about sticking to the right lengths, getting the hitters to hit the right shots.”
Hardik, known for his great striking abilities, limited his attacking instincts to some extent during the tournament, focusing more on guiding his team with his calm and composed leadership.


“For me, my team is the most important. I’ve always been that kind of individual. If I were to have a worse season and my team wins, I’ll take that. I’ll win the trophy any day by hitting at 160. My team comes first for me.”
Talking about his stick, he said, “The stick comes first for me, it will always be close to my heart.”
Hardik had a splendid run in his new IPL season with his home franchise. In 14 innings, he scored nearly 500 runs at an average of 45.30 while picking up plenty of wickets, earning him praise from many quarters.
Player of the Tournament Jos Buttler for amassing 863 points said he had “exceeded all my expectations except for today”.

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“…The trophy we really wanted. Disappointed with that. Congratulations to Hardik and the team. Deserving champions. My goals are to play my role for the team and try to react on the day compared to what the game asks me to do,” Butler said.
“In good teams you have great faith in everyone. We have huge faith in everyone in our team. Very grateful to have the opportunity to play today. Disappointed – it’s only natural .”
Despite the defeat in the final, RR captain Sanju Samson was proud of the way his team played throughout the season.
“This season is really special for us. We were able to play good cricket and give the fans happy times. All the youngsters, the seniors played well as a team, I’m proud of my team,” Samson said.
“We believe quality bowlers win you the tournament so we invested in them. With Jos playing all 20 overs my role was a bit different. It was a decent season for me, great 30s , 40 and 20. But there is a lot to learn. And congratulations to the Gujarat Titans,” he added.


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