New Delhi, Jun 09 (PTI) A penchant for example mixes with intention and positivity to make IPL title-winning skipper Hardik Pandya a strong contender to captain India in the near future, believes the great Harbhajan Singh.
The versatile 28-year-old is tipped as India’s future captain after leading the Gujarat Titans to victory in their debut season in the world’s most lucrative T20 league.
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“One of the biggest revelations of this year’s IPL was the advent of Hardik Pandya as skipper of Gujarat Titans and how he led the team forward to win the coveted title is certainly commendable.
“His intention and positive captaincy are signs that he can lead the Indian team in the future,” Harbhajan told PTI in an interview.
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It was the culmination of an extraordinary season that began with pundits refusing to bet on the franchise after questioning its purchases at the player auction.
Their flamboyant skipper, however, had other ideas as, after surprising everyone with his sharp decision-making and pitch placements, took three wickets and scored 34 runs against the Rajasthan Royals in the final. , attended by a crowd of over a lakh at the world’s largest cricket stadium in Motera.
As the discussion turned to Virat Kohli, the former spinner with 417 Test wickets and 269 ODI wickets said his slump was temporary and the batting maestro would make a resounding return very soon.
“Kohli is a kind of cricketer who always gives his best when he is in the middle. Considering the quality of cricket he has delivered to us over the years, I am extremely confident that he will be back soon. He’s always been a hit,” said the legendary spinner.
For the five-game T20I series against South Africa, the Indian team’s management is relying on a number of youngsters who performed brilliantly in this year’s IPL.
Harbhajan said it was a great opportunity for Rututaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh to impress on the international stage ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, to be held in Australia in October-November.
“This is a golden opportunity for these youngsters to do something special ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup later this year. The team management injected young blood into the team against South Africa this time, and they have all the potential to succeed ahead of the showpiece event,” he said.
Harbhajan, who became the first Indian to score a hat-trick in Tests against Australia in 2001, said he was looking forward to Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance against the South Africans in the T20 series.
Chahal’s excellent outing in IPL-15 earned him the Purple Cap – reserved for the tournament’s top wicket taker.
“Yuzvendra Chahal is in the shape of her life right now, thanks to her amazing show in the IPL, which earned her 27 wickets, the most by any bowler this season.
“What sets Chahal apart from the rest is how he has evolved as a top notch spinner over the years and has never compromised on line and length which is very important for a spinning.
“Therefore, he will definitely play a pivotal role in this T20 series against South Africa,” Harbhajan said during the interview which was facilitated by Fanatic Sports, a leading sports travel and entertainment company. welcome.
Asked about Dinesh Karthik’s incredible resurgence, Harbhajan hailed the 37-year-old veteran as a fighter, whose never say die attitude led to his return to the Indian side.
“Dinesh Karthik, the kind of cricketer he is, and at this stage of his career, he’s just trying to prove to himself that he’s still good enough to represent the Indian colors.
“His determination, his attitude and more importantly the fact that he believes he still has a lot to give to the Indian cricket team, is certainly commendable and he has definitely set a precedent by doing this,” he said. Harbhajan points out.
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