In a sensational move on the closing day of the IPL trade window, Hardik Pandya marked his return to the Mumbai Indians, bidding farewell to the Gujarat Titans for a staggering 15 crores. This marked a significant shift in the Indian Premier League dynamics, as Hardik had previously donned the Mumbai Indians jersey from 2015 to 2021. His departure from MI ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction led him to the captaincy of the newly formed Gujarat Titans, a franchise that not only embraced him but also saw him lift the IPL trophy in 2022.
Gujarat Titans, recognizing Hardik Pandya’s leadership prowess, entrusted him with the captaincy, a decision that paid dividends as the team clinched the IPL 2022 title. Under his captaincy, Gujarat Titans showcased resilience and determination, reaching the IPL 2023 final where they encountered a formidable opponent in the Chennai Super Kings, unfortunately losing the coveted trophy. This successful stint with the Titans further elevated Hardik’s stature in Indian cricket.
[Watch] Shubman Gill Takes An Indirect Dig At Hardik Pandya After He Left Gujarat Titans
Post his impactful leadership with the Titans, the Indian cricket board acknowledged Hardik Pandya’s leadership skills by appointing him as the limited-overs vice-captain. This elevation in his role signifies the trust and confidence the selectors have in his ability to steer the team in crucial limited-overs encounters. With this appointment, Hardik is poised to assume the captaincy mantle from Rohit Sharma in the Indian cricket team.
Shubman Gill was named as the new captain of the Gujarat Titans after Hardik Pandya’s departure. This decision stirred a wave of emotions among fans, with contrasting opinions surfacing regarding Pandya’s loyalty to the team that groomed him into a leader. The abrupt change in captaincy prompted the release of a video by the Gujarat Titans, where Shubman Gill outlined the qualities essential for a captain.
In the said video, Shubman Gill, while discussing the captaincy role, highlighted the pivotal attributes required for a leader. Words like commitment, discipline, hard work, and loyalty echoed through his speech, leaving room for speculation about whether he subtly aimed these remarks at Hardik Pandya. Fans and critics alike speculated on social media, debating the potential undertones in Gill’s articulate commentary.
He said: “Obviously it’s a dream for any kid who wants to be a cricketer and who wants to play in the IPL to be able to captain a team, to be able to be that kind of a binding factor in the team. We all know captaincy comes with a lot of things, and commitment is one of them, discipline is one of them, hard work is one of them, and loyalty is one of them.”
😍 From a dreamy eyed fanboy of the IPL to a captain of the Gujarat Titans! Aapdo Shubman is raring to own his latest designation! Hear his first words from a brand new chapter… 💙#TitansFAM, ready for a new era of leadership? 💙#AavaDe pic.twitter.com/vmIN7I4LQY
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