- Hardik Pandya was adjudged the man of the match in the final
- The Gujarat skipper took three important wickets on the night
- Hardik Pandya is only behind Rohit Sharma in the elite list
Gujarat Titans’ captain Hardik Pandya became the second youngest captain to win the Indian Premier League on Sunday, 29 May, after defeating Rajasthan Royals in the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Pandya, 28, is only behind his former captain in Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma, who was 26, when he won his first trophy as a captain in 2013.
The Indian all-rounder was making a comeback in the Indian Premier League after a long injury that interrupted his game and stopped him from playing to his full potential. Pandya brought a version 2.0 in the 2022 season that was starkly different from his persona in the Mumbai Indians.
The brash, outspoken middle order batsman donned the avatar of calmness in the 2022 edition of the tournament, guiding his team to the final of the Indian Premier League.
In the final game, Hardik had an exceptional outing, picking up three crucial wickets as well as scoring 34 runs off 30 balls. At the end, Hardik signed off with 487 runs to his name at a strike rate of 131 and 8 wickets from 15 matches.
Speaking after the game, Pandya said that he was delighted with the win.
“Wanted to show at the right time what I’ve worked hard for,” Pandya said about making a comeback.
With the trophy winning campaign, the Titans became only the second team to win the title in their inaugural campaign. They found heroes throughout their line-up at different stages of the tournament who helped them win close matches in the league stages. During the playoffs, Gujarat were powered by a stunning David Miller performance in the Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan Royals, and the final was won by the skipper himself, Hardik Pandya.