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  • Hardik becomes captain for the Irish tour
  • Luck completely changed in just three months

India’s squad for the T20 series against Ireland has been announced. The versatile Hardik Pandya has been named captain of the Indian team. Three months ago, no one would have imagined that Hardik would become the team captain. But it doesn’t take long to turn things around and the 28-year-old Hardik has also reached this point thanks to it.

This disappointing World Cup…

Last year, when Hardik Pandya was selected for the T20 World Cup, he was heavily criticized as Hardik’s fitness was in question. Hardik couldn’t do much with the bat at this World Cup, while his bowling performance was also poor. The Indian team was out of the T20 World Cup due to crushing defeats against Pakistan and New Zealand. In such a situation, critics became very vocal about Hardik. The coaches did not hesitate to remove him from the team.

Gujarat showed generosity

If said, the Gujarat Titans played the most significant role in the development of Hardik Pandya’s fortune. Hardik was released by Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as the franchise did not want to risk his fitness. But the Gujarat Titans surprised the cricketing world by signing Hardik for Rs 15 crore ahead of the auction. Not only that, Gujarat also made him the captain of the team which was an even more shocking move as Hardik’s fitness was always in question.

Then history was created under the captaincy

After being selected in the Gujarat Titans, Hardik doubled his fitness. As a result, he passed the fitness test at the NCA before the tournament started. Now Hardik Pandya was determined to respond to the world with his performance. In which Hardik succeeded perfectly. Hardik was instrumental in making Gujarat Titans champions due to his captaincy, batting and superb bowling.

Before the start of IPL 2022, hardly any analyst had given Gujarat Titans a quote but Pandya’s spirit has taken the team to greater heights. Hardik scored 487 points in 15 games in IPL 2022 averaging 44.27, which included four half-centuries. Hardik was Gujarat’s top scorer this season. Hardik also proved to be incredible in bowling, taking a total of eight wickets at an average of 27.75.

Now the beautiful days have arrived…

After showing a great game in the IPL, the selectors gave Hardik a place in India’s squad for the T20 series against South Africa. Taking advantage of this opportunity, Hardik played brilliant sets in the first and third games. However, he couldn’t do much in bowling, which he would like to improve in the upcoming matches. Anyway, what a wonderful comeback Hardik has made in just three months!

… but the compulsive captain

The question is why Hardik had to be named captain. In fact, when the Indian team will play against Ireland, at the same time, the test team will prepare for the fifth game against England. In such a situation, players like regular captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah are unable to take part in the series against Ireland. In such a situation, the BCCI saw fit to hand over the captaincy to Hardik, who was vice-captain against South Africa.

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