Hardik led from the front with a three-wicket haul and a crucial 34 as Gujarat defeated former champions Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets to lift the 2022 IPL trophy on Sunday.
“Fantastic achievement for a new franchise… If India need a captain in a couple of years I wouldn’t look past @hardikpandya7… Well done Gujarat .. #IPL2022,” Vaughan tweeted.
Fantastic achievement for a new franchise … If India need a captain in a couple of years I wouldn’t look past… https://t.co/Ud0IOsSini
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1653847549000
Rohit Sharma is currently the Indian captain across formats, having taken over from Virat Kohli.
The 28-year-old’s leadership skills were lauded by former and current players, including former India captain Sunil Gavaskar and GT team mentor Gary Kirsten.
Gary Kirsten is a proper cricket coach .. 👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1653847775000
Hardik, who has amassed 487 runs and taken 8 wickets, was simply sensational in the final as Gujarat limited a formidable Rajasthan Royals batting unit to 130 for nine.
He also scored a crucial 34 before Shubman Gill and David Miller remained unbeaten on 45 and 32 to take the team home in 18.1 overs.