New Delhi. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has heaped praise on Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya, saying the calmness he brings to the team reminds him of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Under the captaincy of Pandya, Titans have reached the IPL finals for the second time in a row. They defeated five-time champions Mumbai Indians by 62 runs in the second qualifier. Gavaskar told Star Sports, “Hardik has been saying time and again what a big fan he is of Dhoni. Both will have smiles on their faces when they walk out for the toss and it will be in a very friendly atmosphere.
He said, “But the atmosphere in the match will be different. Hardik Pandya has a golden opportunity to show how fast he has learned. “He said,” When he was captaining for the first time last year, no one even thought what to expect because he was extremely talented. The exciting cricketer was already there. But in the last one year we have seen that the calmness he brings to the team is reminiscent of Dhoni.
It is a happy team as is CSK. A lot of credit goes to Hardik for this. Gavaskar also credited coach Ashish Nehra for the Titans’ success. He is such a person whether you are in the change room or in the commentary box, you will keep laughing. He makes life very easy and has a tremendous understanding of cricket.
He said, “Titans are the best team and have been on top in the league stage. He had three points more than Chennai Super Kings. They have reached the finals only after performing well in the league stage. Chennai knows very well that the challenge before them is not easy.