IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya gives update on his fitness & hails MS Dhoni role in his growth as leader;

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IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya gives update on his fitness & hails MS Dhoni role in his growth as leader;

IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya, who will be captaining Team Ahmedabad for the first time in the IPL, is confidence in his ability to return as an all-rounder.

Hardik Pandya, a former Mumbai Indians all-rounder, has had a difficult time maintaining his form and health over the last few months. Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t bowled in the IPL in the last two seasons owing to a persistent back ailment, provided an update on his fitness, saying that he is sure of making a comeback as an all-rounder and that all of his preparation and planning is being done with that in mind.

Hardik released by the Mumbai Indians following a disappointing season in the 2021 edition, and is now the marquee player for the new Ahmedabad franchise. After the team’s Director of Cricket, Vikram Solanki, confirmed the Gujarat-born youngster’s captaincy debut while naming the side’s three draught picks, the Gujarat-born lad will make his captaincy debut in the cash-rich competition.

Speaking on Backstage with Boria, when asked if he wants to be seen as an all-rounder, Hardik said:

“Yes, that’s my plan. I want to play as an all-rounder. My preparation, hard work is all about playing as an all-rounder. If something goes bad then I don’t know. I am feeling good, strong and eventually, time will tell.”

Hardik, who made his debut under MS Dhoni’s guidance, will oversee an IPL team and spoke about MS Dhoni’s influence on his development as a leader. The 28-year-old said he was quite raw when he first joined the squad. And Dhoni gave him a lot of freedom and leeway to make mistakes.

“I have learned a lot from everyone, especially Mahi Bhai. When I went there [Indian team], I was a raw material. The way he groomed me — he gave me a lot of freedom. He wanted me to make my own mistakes and learn. I used to think why he is not saying a lot of things. But later on, I realised that he wanted me to learn on my own. So that I can survive more and harden,” the pace-bowling all-rounder said.

Hardik remarked that he wants to set an example and build a culture. And climate where everyone feels at ease when discussing his leadership style. The Gujarat-based team have selected Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill as their other two selections.

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