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5 Gujarat Titans Players Thrived Under Hardik Pandya’s Captaincy

Gujarat Titans’ rise has been nothing short of phenomenal. They won the IPL trophy in their maiden season and reached the final in 2023, where they almost looked like defending their IPL crown before MS Dhoni and his CSK changed the match on its head.

One person who can’t be ignored in the Titan’s stunning and rapid rise is their former skipper Hardik Pandya, who has not only improved his batting game in the 2022 season, but also led the side brilliantly in the final, where he won the player of the match award.

He stood out on another front: Captaincy. Under his leadership, Hardik groomed the young and old alike, and in this article, we will look at the five players who thrived under his leadership at the Gujarat Titans.

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5 Players Who Thrived Under Hardik Pandya’s Captaincy at Gujarat Titans

Our list begins with senior South African cricketer David Miller. Followed by both the opening batters, Shubman Gill and Wriddhiman Saha. The other two men who flourished under Hardik’s captaincy are Mohit Sharma and Sai Sudharshan.

Miller:

The South African cricketer was an icon for the Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab), but when it came to performing at his best, it happened at the Gujarat Titans. It was also at Titans that he won his maiden IPL title despite playing in the league for more than a decade.

Under the leadership of Hardik, Miller was given more responsibility – not only the role of a finisher but also grooming young Indian players at the franchise. At this stage of his career, it is what he needed the most. He thrived as he made 481 runs in 2022 – his highest ever tally in an IPL career.

Shubman Gill:

The biggest turnaround under Hardik’s captaincy will have to feature Gill. The youngster was part of a well-settled KKR side, but was let go despite scoring consistently. At Gujarat Titans Gill was given the freedom to play his game. And the result: an Orange Cap in the 2023 season, where he accounted for 890 runs, which had three hundreds.

In the 2022 season, he gave his franchise some solid starts as he made 483 runs.Gill transformation was complete when he was announced as the franchise’s new captain. In Hardik’s absence, the team needs Gill more than ever.

Wriddhiman Saha:


Just like Miller, Saha is in his evening years. One may think that his age might have forced him to play freely. But it is Hardik’s captaincy that has pushed him to go for the kill at the ripe age of 39.

He was promoted to the top, and alongside his fellow opener Gill, Saha scored 317 runs in 2022, which included a couple of fifties. In 2023, he scored 371 runs – his highest-ever IPL tally. Saha has been a game changer with the gloves in his hands, too, where the increased security in his abilities is clearly showing.

Mohit Sharma:

One of the stars under MS Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings, Sharma looked like a lost soul as he made his way to the Gujarat Titans in 2023. But Hardik gave him a longer run, and he went on to repay the faith shown in him by the skipper. He picked up 27 wickets in 14 games, which included his best bowling figures in IPL – 5/10

Known to deliver perfect slower balls, Mohit has grown clever with age. He is now more willing to experiment with his bowling, which wouldn’t have been possible unless the skipper hadn’t shown faith in him.

 Sai Sudharsan:


Sudharsan left a big impression on his IPL debut in the 2022 season by playing a solid hand against Punjab Kings in Mohali. But team combinations ensured that he didn’t play all the games.

The left-handed batter received more opportunities in the 2023 season and made the most of it. The confidence shown in Sudharsan by the skipper was again on display as he scored 96 in the big final against CSK. After scoring 145 in five games in his first season, Sudharsan scored 362 runs in eight games in the 2023 edition.

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