New Delhi: Former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran Extra showered reward on Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya, saying the star all-rounder has now turn out to be a “four-dimensional” cricketer.
Forward of the IPL 2022 mega public sale, the brand new franchise, Titans picked Pandya by way of the draft and named him captain of the aspect. Nevertheless, there have been doubts over his bowling health in addition to captaincy abilities, provided that he had led solely as soon as in senior cricket beforehand.
However, Pandya put an finish to all such doubts along with his heroics with each bat and ball and underneath his captaincy Titans turned champions.
“The very best second for me in IPL 15 was the best way Gujarat Titans performed cricket. It was excellent. And particularly Hardik turning into a captain and lifting the trophy, his private efficiency was equally good. Going from Mumbai Indians to Gujarat Titans it isn’t that simple to go and lead the brand new group and straightaway win the championship,” Extra instructed SG Podcast.
Recalling Pandya’s youthful days, the previous chairman of selectors mentioned there was “starvation in his eyes”.
“He needed to play the game. Krunal Pandya (his elder brother) had joined my academy and Hardik used to hold round. He used to maintain operating behind the nets and catching the ball. That’s once I instructed Krunal to convey him to nets as nicely and that is once I noticed starvation in his eyes.
For me, Hardik was a younger child, who needed to carry out on a regular basis. I consider he’s a four-dimensional participant now. Earlier he was a three-dimensional participant as a result of he’s bowler, batter and a fielder however now he’s captain as nicely. So you are feeling proud that you’ve such a gifted cricketer within the nationwide aspect,” mentioned Extra.