“This title is going to be a special one”, says Hardik Pandya on Gujarat Titans’ IPL win

Five-time IPL victor Hardik Pandya on Sunday said his most recent victory, while leading first-timers Gujarat Titans, is something the coming generations will talk about. Hardik’steam capped off a fantasy campaign in its first season by lifting the Indian Premier League title with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the final.

Hardik said, “This title is going to be a special one because we talked about creating a legacy. The coming generations will talk about it.”

“Everyone will remember this was the team who started this journey and to win the championship first year is very special.”

“When the auction finished, I knew I would have to bat at No. 4,” Hardik said at the presentation ceremony.

When inquired about his bowling, he said, “Wanted to show at the right time what I’ve worked hard for. Today was the day from the bowling point of view I saved the best for the best.

“Second ball of my spell when I got Sanju (Samson) out, saw that if you hit the wicket hard and hit the seam something is gonna (going to) happen.

“It’s all about sticking to the right lengths, asking the batters to play the right shots.” Hardik, well known for his big-hitting skills, curbed his attacking instinct to some extent during the tournament, focussing more on directing 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 will take the trophy any day over striking at 160. My team comes first for me.” Talking about his batting, he said, “Batting comes first to me, always going to be close to my heart.”