New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 22, 2023 12:45 IST
By India Today Sports Desk: Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya commented on being a serial winner in the IPL and said if lifting trophies is boring, he is fine with it.
Pandya created a name for himself with the Mumbai Indians, as he won four trophies with them. In 2022, the all-rounder became the skipper of GT and guided them to the title in their maiden campaign.
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With that, Pandya also became part of an elite group of players who lifted the IPL trophy in their first season as captain. Speaking on the GK meets GT podcast, the Indian all-rounder said it was like a cherry on top and was happy to be part of the elite group.
“I was fortunate to lift it four times before as well. It just adds a little cherry on the top, but I think winning is winning. But this is obviously very special,” said Pandya.
When asked if he finds captaincy boring, Pandya stated that isn’t the case and joked that boring things are good. He said that if lifting trophies is boring, he doesn’t mind it at all.
“Not at all, I don’t mind. I like boring things. Boring things are good actually. They say in my fitness regime, ‘do the boring part most, because they’re the most important thing. They’re the most important exercises.’ I feel if lifting trophies is boring, it’s ok. Because that’s the most important thing,” said Pandya.
Pandya also commented on why he makes it a point to attend PCs and post-match presentations, especially after losses, as he doesn’t want his players to be in a tough spot.
“No, not really. I have a rule. PCs and post-match presentations, which I obviously have to go as captain. But for PCs and any other interviews which go out, I don’t let anyone go out but myself because it’s very important for me. A lot of times when you say something, you’re perceived in different ways. I don’t want to put my players into that situation where they go, and someone by mistake may say something and someone might take it in a different way and within my team, there will be a little tension. Which I don’t like,” said Pandya.
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