New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 22, 2023 13:09 IST
By India Today Sports Desk: Hardik Pandya takes pride in the team culture at the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League. Back in 2022, Hardik led the Titans to glory after the victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) and garnered loads of praise for his leadership skills. Apart from Hardik, the decision-making group also consists of head coach Ashish Nehra, mentor Gary Kirsten and Director of Cricket, Vikram Solanki.
“That’s something that a lot of people don’t know. This team is actually tactically so strong and so thought out. From Gary to Vikram to Ashu, these guys spend hours and hours so that every decision has been very well thought out. It is just that it’s very clear. Once we decide, it’s clear and that makes that decision much stronger, because we don’t doubt it,” Hardik said in an interaction with Gujarat Titans.
Hardik said that the Titans have a culture where “issues aren’t swept under the carpet” and everyone is treated equally.
“So, when you don’t doubt it and have four or five good brains, you have kind of come to a conclusion, more often than not. Because everyone, see, again, in this team also, not everyone agrees with each other. If something is wrong, it’s wrong,” he stated.
“That’s always been the way it is, that even within our leadership group, there is space for disagreement and what’s wrong is wrong, then whether it’s me, Ashish Nehra, Gary Kirsten, Vikram, or anyone in the group. We have a nice way to explain it, but issues aren’t swept under the carpet or glossed over,” Hardik added.
The Titans are currently placed fourth in the table with six points and a net run rate of +0.192 thanks to three wins from five matches. They would go into the match after losing to the Royals by three wickets. They defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Punjab Kings (PBKS).
Their next match is against KL Rahul’s Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow.
News Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/sports/ipl-2023/story/hardik-pandya-on-team-culture-at-gujarat-titans-issues-arent-swept-under-the-carpet-2363266-2023-04-22