Hardik Pandya guided Gujarat Titans to the title of the Indian Premier League in his first stint as a captain.
Hardik Pandya has found a lot of backing from former cricketers as the future India captain. (Courtesy: BCCI/PTI)
- Hardik Pandya has been made captain for the Ireland T20Is
- Many have endorsed Pandya as a captain
- India team will take a second-string side to Ireland
Gujarat Titans’ pacer Yash Dayal has heaped praise on Hardik Pandya for being a bowler’s captain in a tough tournament like the Indian Premier League.
Pandya’s captaincy stint at the Titans was a revelation for the fans and pundits alike. On return, Hardik showed that he had the ability to remain calm under pressure situations and could drive the team home himself whenever necessary.
Talking about Pandya the captain, Dayal said that Pandya was very clear about his plans.
“He [Hardik] is very calm and confident, and he knows what to do at what point of the game. He is a bowler’s captain. If you have confidence in yourself, he lets you take your own decisions. That further boosts the confidence of a bowler. I would say he is the best captain I have played under,” Dayal told ESPNcricinfo.
Pandya has been backed as a captain by many. Wasim Jaffer endorsed the GT captain as the second choice in T20Is in the absence of Rohit Sharma. At the moment it seems like Pandya is fourth in the pecking order, with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant being given the responsibility ahead of him.
The series of Ireland would be a good opportunity for Pandya to establish his name as a captain. He would have to face the challenge of swinging conditions and find the space where he can experiment with the team.
The all-rounder has been in form with the bat in the T20I series against South Africa under the captaincy of Rishabh Pant and played a match-saving innings alongside Dinesh Karthik in the fourth T20I.