Shoaib Akhtar said that Hardik Pandya was knocking on the door of Indian captaincy.Twitter
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that Hardik Pandya The all-rounder is “knocking on the door of the Indian captaincy” after leaving his mark on the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 with his leadership qualities. Starting an impressive captaincy, Hardik took the debutant GT to the IPL 2022 final, where he will take on Rajasthan Royals at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday. In addition to his leadership qualities, Hardik is the highest run-scorer in the GT with an average of 45.30, with 453 runs in 14 matches so far this season.
“It is a fact that Hardik Pandya is leaving a mark. He is knocking on the door of the Indian captaincy. No one is sure how long Rohit Sharma will be the captain.” He said this while talking on Sports Cada.
Akhtar, however, said Hardik needed to focus on his fitness and bowling, adding that it would be difficult for the 28-year-old to find a place in the Indian team as just a batsman.
“It has never been easy to captain the Indian cricket team. Hardik has proved his worth (as a leader) but he still needs to focus on his fitness and bowling when he is an all-rounder. If he was fit, then he was an automatic choice. The Indian team, as a pure batsman, though, has no vacancy in the Indian team, “he added.
GT qualified for the playoffs after finishing the league stage as table toppers with 10 wins in 14 games. In Qualifier 1, GT beat RR by 7 wickets to book their place in the final.
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