Aakash Chopra said – Gujarat would not have got the trophy if it had not scored runs
…so Gujarat doesn’t win the IPL trophy
He also said that Pandya showed fearlessness while captaining the team which was a major reason for his success. Chopra said, “Hardik Pandya captained without Khaif. What he has done this season is definitely unbelievable. Had Hardik Pandya not scored, this team would not have won the trophy. Had it not been for Pandya, they would have had a sixth. Bowling is not an option. But he bowled and took important wickets. His captaincy has been fearless.
performed with bat and ball
The cricketer-turned-commentator said that Pandya made a smooth transition to the captaincy role and was able to lead in a calm manner in his first season. Chopra said, “Hardik Pandya deserves a lot of credit. When you become part of a new franchise and have to work with a new coaching staff, there is a honeymoon time in the beginning. But after that there comes a time. That’s where the differences come in. But it was like water in fish. He fit seamlessly into the role of captaincy and performed with bat and ball as well. There was a lot of clarity in the strategies as well.”
Hardik Pandya was the highest run-scorer for his team this year. The right-handed batsman scored 487 runs in 15 matches. In addition, he also picked up eight wickets and had an impressive economy rate of 7.28. Chopra said head coach Ashish Nehra did a good job keeping the team together throughout the season. He highlighted that the team did not have a lot of superstars in their lineup, but still managed to outperform others with their efforts.
Nehra also played a major role
Chopra said, “We must also acknowledge Ashish Nehra. He has become the first Indian head coach to win an IPL and has played a major role for GT. He was with a team that didn’t have a lot of superstars. He said, “There were obvious weaknesses, but despite this, he was able to create history with his team. He maintained a beautiful atmosphere within the team.”