Hardik Pandya, the flamboyant Indian all-rounder is all set to mark his comeback to cricket from Indian Premier League 2022. And, Gujarat Titans director of operations Vikram Solanki has asked everyone to be patient with the player before he starts performing well in the games.
The Baroda-born star player was last seen in action during the 2021 T20 World Cup. He was brought under scrutiny for his fitness. After the mega-event, he was dropped from the national side in order to regain his full fitness.
Hardik Pandya is a full package, says Vikram Solanki
Since then Hardik Pandya has been consistently working hard on his match fitness. He kept on sharing clips through his official account of running, gym, and others. Now, there have been reports that Hardik Pandya is back and kicking.
Hardik Pandya was picked by Gujarat Titans at a whopping fee of INR 15 Crores. He is also going to lead the franchise in his maiden edition. Gujarat Titans director of operations is very happy to have a player like Hardik Pandya on their side.
In an interview, he said Hardik Pandya should be given confidence as he is returning from the injury. He added that Indian all-rounder is a complete package and he will require some time to get onto the grooves.
“Remember, he is coming back from an injury. Hardik as a batsman is an exceptional addition to any team. But if we take batting, bowling, and fielding together, then he’s a complete package. But having said all that, we have to be conscious of his long-term plans. We are very happy with the way he is progressing,” he said.
The director asserted that Hardik holds qualities that many players don’t have. He mentioned that Panyda is part of their leadership panel and will help in the development of Gujarat Titans.
“We see in Hardik the qualities that can turn him into a successful and very fine captain. We have spoken a couple of times about his track record as far as winning IPL titles is concerned,” he said.
“He has been part of our leadership group and has taken a lot of learnings from other captains like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni. He will use all that learning in developing himself as a captain and will be well backed by the support staff,” he said.