“I wanted to show why I worked hard, and today was the day” – Hardik Pandya

Gujarat Titans, playing in their first IPL, dominated the league stage, won the first qualifier and then claimed victory in the 2022 IPL Final against the Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad. Here’s how some of their key employees reacted to their fantastic victory.

David Miller (481 runs at 68.71): “It’s been a phenomenal journey. To finish at the back was quite special and to be there in the moment [of victory]. It was a collective effort, everyone raised their hands at key moments. One of the best rides I’ve ever had. It was a relaxed environment led by [head coach] Ashish Nehra and [captain] hardick [Pandya]. Hardik got better and better as the season progressed. He was very good tactically, leading both batting and ball. »

Gary Kirsten, Batting Coach and Mentor: “[Hardik has been] fantastic. He’s a very high profile guy in India, but he’s been incredibly humble. Wants to learn as a leader. Especially in IPL and in India, he wants to help young people. He came with a real responsibility, very different from seeing him in other IPLs. Ideal for Ashish and [team director] VikramName [Solanki] as well. A brand new franchise, to build a team and get the guys to perform – amazing.

“[On team composition at auction:] Good balance, good depth but above all having players who can play in different ways. With Ashish, we learned that you have to have versatile guys, and we have it at No. 4, 5, 6.”

Hardik Pandya (487 at 44.27 and eight wickets at 27.75): “I wanted to show what I worked hard for, and today was the day that, from my bowling perspective, I saved the best for the best. [stage]. I think [that] the second ball of my spell that I played, after I got Sanju [Samson] outside, I saw that if you hit the wicket hard and go into the seam, something will happen. So for me, it was about sticking to the right lengths and asking the batters to play a good shot rather than trying something and giving a limit.

“[On his batting:] Any day I’ll take the trophy me beating 160 or 170 [strike rate], the team is the most important, whatever team I play for. I’ve always been that kind of person. Outside noise doesn’t bother me, and if I have to make sacrifices and have a worse season and my team wins again, I’ll take that.

“Me and Ashu Pennsylvania [Ashish Nehra] are similar in terms of wanting to play against five good bowlers, who can win you games all day… Mostly I’ve seen in T20 cricket, it’s a batting game but bowlers win you games matches.

Hardik Pandya

“[On batting at No. 4:] I always imagined myself as a hitter. Knocking comes first for me, that’s always going to be close to my heart, so obviously when we did the auction it was clear that I had to beat the order to lead… I’ve been in that kind of thing before situation before, so for my team, I thought that was the best position [No. 4] for me to beat, so that all the other drummers can come and express themselves.

“[On team combination:] Me and Ashu Pennsylvania [Ashish Nehra] are similar in terms of wanting to play five good bowlers, who can win you games all day. The hitters can obviously contribute and make sure whatever we need or when we need it, the batsmen can raise their hands and say ‘we’re here’. But, most of the time I’ve seen in T20 cricket, it’s a game of batsmen but bowlers win you games.

“[Titans behind the scenes:] Most of the time we won the game, but we always talked about the things we missed and how we can do better. Much of the credit goes to all the support staff, from Ashish [Nehra] at [spin-bowling coach and scout] Ashish Kapoor, Gary [Kirsten], the physiotherapists to the masseurs, the logistics team; everyone contributed, they were there to make sure all the players were comfortable, felt at home.

“[On how this win is different from his previous IPL title wins:] Of course, I consider myself lucky. I participated in five finals and won five times. It was exciting. It’s going to be special because we talked about creating a legacy and making sure that… it’s for the generation to come, everyone will remember that it was the team that started this journey and… the first year [for us in the IPL] winning the championship is very special.”

Rashid Khan (19 wickets at 10:15 p.m.): “It is the greatest achievement of your career as a player on an IPL winning team. It is one of the greatest achievements for me in my cricketing career.

“People were saying we were short on hitters, short on experience. The franchise trusted David, me and Hardik. Now that we won, there’s nothing more to say.”

Rahul Tewatia

“[On the final:] We adjusted very quickly with the wicket. We knew that was the kind of wicket if they scored over 150 it would be tough, but we have to play in the right area and that’s what happened. Everyone took responsibility, the intermediaries were really important and we played very well. »

Rahul Tewatia (217 races at 31:00): “We were relaxed in Qualifying 1 and we were dependent on staying relaxed and going deeper into the game and finishing it.

“[On his feelings in the moment:] I don’t know about the party, but when the season started, someone asked me ‘what are your goals for IPL 2022?’ I said my only goal was to win a trophy with my new team. I don’t know about the party, but I definitely won’t sleep tonight.

“[On the team:] People said we were out of batters, out of experience. The franchise trusted David, me and Hardik. Now that we have won, there is nothing more to say.”

Wriddhiman Saha (317 runs at 31.70): “This season some people said we weren’t a good team so we proved everyone wrong. It’s good to win. Mohammed Shami got a wicket on the first ball of the season for us “We built momentum from there. So he’s been exceptional throughout the season. Everyone played.

“I think winning an IPL is as important as winning a World Cup and it’s my fifth year and I’m lucky to win it this time.”

Shubman Gill

Mohammed Shami (20 wickets at 24:40): “I have known Saha for 20 years. We know each other very well. Everyone knows his abilities, he just needed a chance.”

Shubman Gill (483 runs at 34.50): “It means a lot, you know, after winning the U-19 World Cup. I think winning an IPL is as important as winning a World Cup and it’s my fifth year and I’m lucky to win it. this time I wanted to be there [batting] until the end this time and that was the conversation with the coaches and we crossed the line.”

Matthew Wade (157 runs at 15.70): “We had a relaxed environment. We didn’t rely too much on one person even though Davey [Miller], Rashid and Hardik had terrific seasons. It was a real family atmosphere, Ashish created that. Everyone has a lot of training time, he takes care of it. Everyone feels welcome and you can see the performances.”

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