Reacting after being picked as leader, Hardik has opened up on his leadership mantra. He stated that he will look to set examples and set a culture. Speaking to journalist Boria Majumdar on his show ‘Backstage with Boria’, Pandya said about captaincy, “My way of leadership is to set examples, to set culture, to set the attitude which the team wants to play with. So, my way of leadership is taking the team along.
“So, my philosophy isn’t too complicated. You have to make sure the environment is nice and the players are feeling at home and once everyone gets comfortable, they realize their potential,” Pandya added. The 28-year-old was a vital cog in Mumbai Indians’ scheme of things for the last few seasons. However, he was released following a poor IPL 2021 season in which the team failed to defend their title.
The cricketer, battling injury and form issues, was also dropped from the national team following a forgettable T20 World Cup. His inability to bowl and the entire confusing surrounding it at the ICC event led to quite an embarrassing situation.
Asked for an update on his health and his comeback plans, the Ahmedabad skipper asserted, “I want to play as an all-rounder. If something goes bad, then I don’t know but my preparations, my hard work are all about playing as an all-rounder. I am feeling good, feeling strong and eventually, the time will say what happens.”
Ahmedabad will look to build a good squad at the IPL 2022 mega auction, which will take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. Lucknow Super Giants are the other new franchise in the IPL this year, which will be a 10-team tournament.
Gary Kirsten has been appointed the batting coach and mentor while Ashish Nehra will be the head coach of the franchise.
--By A Cricket Correspondent