Gujarat Titans spinner Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore acclaimed skipper Hardik Pandya and called him a strong personality.
In his first experience of captaincy in competitive cricket, Hardik has earned plaudits for his leadership skills as Gujarat Titans topped the IPL 2022 league stage with 20 points (10 wins in 14 games).
Sai Kishore made his IPL debut for Gujarat Titans
Kishore was with Chennai Super Kings for two seasons but the left-arm spin bowler made his IPL debut under Hardik’s captaincy.
Kishore made his first appearance for the Titans in their 12th game against Lucknow Super Giants and impressed with figures 2/7, his dismissal included the dangerous Ayush Badoni and Mohsin Khan.
I’ve always loved the kinds of captains who give the responsibility to the player: Sai Kishore on Hardik Pandya
Kishore said Hardik never imposes himself on any player and allows them to play with complete freedom.
“Hardik to me has been pretty simple. In the last game, he came to me and said, ‘Left-hander is batting, do you want me to tell you anything, or you know?’ I said, ‘I know, I’ll take care,” Kishore told Gujarat Titans’ official website.
“I find Hardik as a very strong personality. He carries himself with a lot of confidence, and has confidence in his players as well. Not trying to impose himself on all the players. Give them their space, their freedom, and ‘you express yourselves. If something goes wrong, I’ll be there’. That’s how I’ve seen Hardik.
“I’ve always loved the kinds of captains who give the responsibility to the player, rather than just imposing always. Then your instincts just get cut off. Credit to captains like that, always fun to play like that,” he added.
Gujarat Titans will play against Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 1 fixture of the IPL 2022 playoffs on May 24 (Tuesday) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The winner between Gujarat and Rajasthan will secure a berth in the IPL 2022 final while the loser gets another chance to qualify through Qualifier 2 on May 27.
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