Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya exceeded expectations in his first stint as a captain, as he led the new franchise Gujarat Titans to a top-place finish in the IPL 2022 points table and then all the way to lift the title in their debut season.
The all-rounder from Baroda, who made his breakthrough into the Indian national team setup after his brilliance with his first franchise Mumbai Indians, has been a player transformed since taking over the reigns as captain, showcased by his calm batting approach.
Although he has not bowled much, the all-rounder is slowly rolling his arm over after missing out on few matches due to injuries in earlier seasons. Pandya also missed a match in 2022 season with Rashid Khan filled in with a match-winning performance.
In his 15 matches as skipper, Pandya has led the team to victory on 11 occasions. And with the bat he has contributed over 400 runs including 4 fifties, while he has also taken 8 wickets in his limited bowling attempts.
Following his performance in IPL 2022, Pandya has also got back in the reckoning for Team India. The 28-year-old has returned to India squad for home T20I series against South Africa and will hope to push for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.
Now, here is a look at Hardik Pandya captaincy record and stats in IPL so far:
IPL Titles Won as Captain: 1
Captaincy Winning Percentage: 73.33%
Runs: 487 in 15 innings
Highest Score: 87* off 52 balls vs Rajasthan Royals in 2022
Strike Rate: 131.26
Wickets: 8 wickets in 10 innings
Best Bowling Innings: 3 for 17 in 4 overs vs Rajasthan Royals in 2022 Final
Economy Rate: 7.27
IPL Titles Won as Player: 5 (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020 with MI & 2022 with GT)
Runs Scored: 1963 runs in 100 innings
Highest Score: 91 off 34 balls for Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders in 2019
Strike Rate: 147.59
Economy Rate: 8.75
Best Bowling Figures: 3 for 17 in 4 overs for Gujarat Titans vs Rajasthan Royals in 2022 Final
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