2022 – Hardik Pandya leads Gujarat Titans to IPL victory in their first season | IPL

The Gujarat Titans won the Indian Premier League on their first attempt on Sunday, with strongman Hardik Pandya leading his side to a sure win by seven wickets over Rajasthan Royals in the final.

Pandya clinched three for 17 with flawless medium-tempo bowling to limit Rajasthan to 130 for nine after Sanju Samsun won the toss and pick up the racket. Pandya then provided 34 of 30 assists as Gujarat reached 133 for three out of 18.1 balls in front of a raucous crowd of over 100,000 at Narendra Modi Stadium.

Top hitter Shopman Gill had the highest score with an undefeated 45 and scored an unforgettable six-point win over Obid McCoy via his deep square leg. “This title will be special because we talked about creating a legacy and future generations will talk about it,” said Pandya, who won four IPL titles with the Indians in Mumbai but changed the franchise this year and became a Gujarat-appointed captain.

“This is the right example for any team in the world that you can do miracles when you play as a team.”

Pandya’s superb bowling in the middle was assisted by Afghan leggings player Rashid Khan and thwarted Rajasthan’s bid to win a second IPL title since winning the first in 2008.

Gus Butler made only 39 balls out of 35 but he still ranked first in the tournament’s top scorer with 863 points, and Shamson scored 14 balls. In an effort to speed up his hitting rate, Samson was caught in third by Pandya’s second ball.

Butler, who had four horns and four half horns this season, had a poor advantage in trying to drive a short ball into the third man. Then the master of Gujarat asserted that Rajasthan was powerless in cases of death.

Pandya had caught Shimron Hetmer (11) on the last ball of a brilliant four-point spell from his bowling alley. Trent Bolt and Jozvendra Chahal both took a wicket win this season, but Pandya carefully negotiated the middle’s overruns, meeting in a 63-time position with Jill for the third wicket.

“Hitting is my number one priority, it has always been very close to my heart,” said Pandya, the best player in the game, after hitting the goal line three times and six in fourth. “When the IPL auction ended, I knew I was going to have to hit fourth.”

Joss Butler (in play for England) was the IPL’s top scorer. Photo: Jason O’Brien/PA

Chahal finished with 27 wickets in the tournament when Pandya was caught in slips at the end of Day 14. But Gujarat’s depth in middle strikes – the team led the table with 20 points from 10 wins during the league stage – drove them home. David Miller (32 missing) and Jill confidently brought tournament newcomers to the winner’s goal.

Samson of Rajasthan saw some positives despite the loss. “This season is really special for us, we were able to play cricket well and bring some happy moments to the fans,” he said, adding that his team had a day off in the final. “All the young and old played well as a team, I am proud of my team. We believe that good bowlers win the championship, so we invested in them…but there is a lot to learn.”