Hardik Pandya wants to win T20 World Cup for India ‘no matter what’ 

Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat Titans defied all odds to win the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Gujarat Titans (GT) and their captain Hardik Pandya may have entered the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 facing more questions than perhaps any other side, but they neither lost focus, determination or the will to succeed at any cost. 

Gujarat Titans, one of the two new IPL teams this year, created history on Sunday night by lifting their maiden title by defeating the winners of the inaugural edition in 2008, Rajasthan Royals, in one of the most one-sided finals seen in the recent times. 

The IPL 2022 winners Gujarat Titans neither had a daunting squad on-paper nor had the depth like some of the other teams, but throughout the course of the 74-match tournament they kept finding different match-winners at different stages to remain ahead of the competition and emerge as the eventual winners. 

The icing on the cake not only for the Gujarat Titans — but for Indian cricket — was the resurgence of a man who has always been rated highly but had to spend large parts of the last four odd years nursing injuries and battling sliding form. But thanks to IPL 2022, Indian cricket will savour this form and version of Hardik Pandya to the extent possible, and hope that his magical run on the field across departments continue late into the year when Australia host the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. 

On his part, Hardik Pandya said after leading Gujarat Titans to their title win that he was ready to do whatever it takes to help India win a World Cup — no matter what.

“Absolutely to win the World Cup for India no matter what happens,” he said. 

“I am going to give it everything I have. Always been that kind of guy, to put the team first. For me the goal will be simple: to make sure my team gets it the most,”

Hardik Pandya added. 

“Playing for India has always been kind of a dream come true no matter how many games I have played. It has always been a pleasure for me to represent the country. The kind of love and support I have got is only from the Indian team point of view. Long term, short term, I want to win the World Cup no matter what happens,”

he said. 

But before he embarks on the rigorous journey of helping India win a World Cup, Hardik Pandya will, and must, celebrate his fifth IPL title win in as many summit clash appearances. 

He said,

”Obviously, this will be a little special because I have won it as a captain. The four that I have won before this are equally special too. Winning the IPL is always special. I consider myself very lucky that I have played five finals and have lifted the trophy five times.” 

“Obviously this will leave a legacy because we are a new franchise, playing for the first time, and we are champions in the first season. But the four that I have won before this were equally special,”

Hardik Pandya added.