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Why Hardik Pandya is worried despite Gujarat being at the helm of points table?

By Daniel S

April 28, 2022

It is safe to say that Gujarat have been one of the best teams in the Indian T20 league 2022 so far. They look simply unstoppable as of now. As a matter of fact, they have won seven out of their eight games, and are placed at the top of the points table.

While several experts and critics criticized the Gujarat-based franchise for their tactics during the mega auction, the Hardik Pandya-led side have proved them wrong. They have developed a knack for winning games out of nowhere. Gujarat have already gone on to win several nail-biters. In fact, their recent match against Hyderabad saw them win a last-ball thriller.

With nine required to win from the last two balls, Rashid Khan smashed both the deliveries for a six. Thus, Hardik Pandya was a happy captain after the completion of the game. During the post-match presentation on Wednesday, he drew light on how they have been able to win close games. He also stated that he was worried that they would run out of luck during the knockout games.

"I keep joking in the dressing room that God is telling us 'You guys are good, I'll help you'. It's happening so often that I fear we may run out of luck in the knockout games. We keep a very chilled atmosphere and everyone is stepping up. We're ensuring that the players are backed well," said Hardik Pandya.

As far as Gujarat's skipper is concerned, he is having a superb season with the bat. He was seen bowling in a few games as well. Hence, Pandya spoke about his bowling fitness. He said that the plan is for him to bowl only when the team needs him. An important point to be noted is the fact that he didn't bowl on Wednesday. Thus, it will be exciting to watch him play on April 30, against Bangalore.

"(On his bowling fitness) It's just a conscious decision to manage my bowling, plan is to bowl whenever the team needs me. It's a long tournament and I don't want to get too excited early. We're quite practical, we've spoken about winning these situations and there is a lot of self-belief in the camp. It's important to keep the calm in the dugout, a lot of credit goes to the support staff for how they've been handling the players," he added.