I miss him, India needs him at T20 World Cup- Shane Bond on Hardik Pandya: Mumbai Indians bowling coach and New Zealand former cricketer have impressed with the way Hardik Pandya performed in the IPL 2022 for Gujarat Titans.
He is also confident that the all-rounder will do a great job for team India in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup.
Five-time champion has released Hardik Pandya and was roped in by the new franchise Gujarat Titans INR 15 crore.
Hardik Pandya was also appointed as a skipper and he led the GT wonderfully.
“Hardik is a pretty cool captain. He came in the IPL to Mumbai in my first season so we spent a lot of time together. It was probably a foreign role for him to step up as a leader for a different franchise but he did a great job. From my perspective, I miss him. It would have been nice to have in around in our team because he is a quality player. India need him too for the World Cup because he showed what a quality player he is and also what a good leader he is,” said Shane Bond while speaking to Sportskeeda.
Apart from leading Gujarat Titans, Hardik also had a dream run with both the bat and ball.
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He scored 487 runs from 15 matches and also took eight wickets with his best performance coming against the Rajasthan Royals in the final where he took 3/17 and completely broke the backbone of the 2008 champions, restricting them to a below-par total of 130/9.
Pandya will next be seen in action during the five-match home T20Is against South Africa starting June 9. This would also mark his return to international cricket after the T20 World Cup 2021 in November last year.
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