"If India Need A Captain...": Michael Vaughan Names Indian Premier League 2022 Star As Potential Skipper
Michael Vaughan, former England cricket team captain, has given a name for a potential captain if Indian cricket team needs one in a couple of years
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has hailed Hardik Pandya as a future India captain after he led first-timers Gujarat Titans to an IPL title win. Hardik led from the front with a three-wicket haul and a crucial 34 as Gujarat defeated former champions Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to lift the 2022 IPL trophy on Sunday. He was named the 'Player of the Match' for his brilliant performance. Earlier, several other former players including Virender Sehwag and Ravi Shatri lauded Hardik's captaincy in the IPL 2022.
"Fantastic achievement for a new franchise... If India need a captain in a couple of years I wouldn't look past @hardikpandya7... Well done Gujurat .. #IPL2022," Vaughan tweeted.
Fantastic achievement for a new franchise ... If India need a captain in a couple of years I wouldn't look past @hardikpandya7 ... Well done Gujurat .. #IPL2022— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) May 29, 2022
Rohit Sharma is currently the Indian captain across formats, having taken over from Virat Kohli.
The 28-year-old Hardik's leadership skills was lauded by former and current players, including former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and GT team mentor Gary Kirsten.
Hardik, who has amassed 487 runs and taken 8 wickets, was simply sensational in the final as Gujarat limited a formidable Rajasthan Royals batting unit to 130 for nine.
He also scored a crucial 34 before Shubman Gill and David Miller remained unbeaten on 45 and 32 to take the team home in 18.1 overs.
It should have been a comfortable chase but Rajasthan bowled their hearts out to make it an interesting final. As they showed all season, Gujarat remained calm in tough situations to finish the chase in 18.1 overs.
Not many gave Gujarat a chance in their first season especially after a mixed auction where they waited till the end to secure the services of wicketkeepers Wriddhiman Saha and Matthew Wade.
It was not a team studded with star players but Hardik impressed with his leadership and got the best out of his colleagues.