Gujarat Titans spinner R Sai Kishore has drawn parallels between his franchise skipper Hardik Pandya and the legendary MS Dhoni in terms of leadership traits. Having played for CSK before joining Gujarat Titans, Sai Kishore has had the opportunity to observe both Hardik and Dhoni up close.
Sai Kishore said that both Hardik and Dhoni have a similar calm approach to handling things. He further added that Hardik’s ability to handle success and failure equally is something unique about him. According to Sai Kishore, Hardik’s level-headedness works for him, and it is one of his admirable traits.
Gujarat Titans had a dream debut in the IPL last year, winning the tournament. Sai Kishore believes that replicating their performances from last season will be key to their success this year. He also added that the new ‘Impact Player’ rule in the IPL will make it more manageable than what it was in the domestic circuit. The rule allows teams to use an additional player either as a batsman or a bowler until the 20th over.
Sai Kishore sees the IPL as an opportunity to break into the Indian side through strong performances. While there are a lot of left-arm spinners in India, he is focused on playing well for Gujarat Titans in the present. He believes that his skill-set has improved over the last five years and wants to keep improving. However, he admits that he needs to work on his batting to come into national reckoning.
According to Sai Kishore, batting at the top is crucial in the IPL and at higher levels of cricket. While he has had the luxury of opening the batting for Tamil Nadu in a few games, he needs to work on his death overs batting. He is currently trying to find a pattern or formula to score quick runs.
In conclusion, Sai Kishore sees the IPL as a platform to showcase his skills and potentially earn a place in the Indian side. While he admires Hardik’s leadership traits, he is focused on playing well for Gujarat Titans and improving his batting to come into national reckoning.
What does Sai Kishore admire about Hardik Pandya’s approach to handling things?
His ability to handle success and failure equally.
What did Gujarat Titans achieve in their IPL debut last year?
They won the tournament.