GT vs RR Qualifier 1: Gujarat Titans become the first team to qualify for the IPL 2022 Final by outclassing RR in the first qualifier on Tuesday at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After the thrilling win, Hardik Pandya heaped praise on David Miller for his match-winning knock of 68 runs off 38 balls.
It was Miller’s Killer performance that guided Gujarat Titans over the line in the penultimate over of the clash. David Miller’s ballistic knock of 68 off 38 balls along with Hardik Pandya’s 40 off 27 balls helped Gujarat Titans to register seven wickets win over RR at the Eden Gardens on Tuesday.
Talking about the match, the match took an interesting turn as the equation read 16 off 6 balls with Prasidh Krishna in the bowling attack & Miller at the strike. And here the unexpected happened as Miller displayed his killer batting skills to smash Prasidh Krishna for three sixes off the first three balls of the final over to take his team over the line in the penultimate over. Set a target of 188 runs, GT ended their innings after scoring 191 runs in 19.3 overs & sealing a spot in the final.
Praising Miller for his match-winning knock Hardik Pandya said, “I am genuinely proud of teh way he has lifted his game. He is genuinely a damn good guy. I was proud to play with him & enjoy it. He is simply such a wonderful guy, I always wanted good things to happen with him.”
Talking about David Miller’s qualities, Hardik said, “It kind of shows that if you show love & importance to a player he can flourish & how! A low of people counted David Miller out, but for us, he was a match-winner from the time we bought him in the auction. It was important to give him that importance & clarity of what we expect from him. If he fails, it’s okay it’s just a game.”
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya who achieved lots of appreciation & applause for his captaincy skills has often been compared to CSK’s Captain MS Dhoni. Speaking about the same, Hardik said, “ Mahi bhai has played a big role in my life. He is a dear friend, a brother & a family to me. I have learned a lot of things from him. But for me, it was more about being individually strong, which I am proud of myself, & how I have been able to manage all the parts.”
Talking about the criticism he faced over his injuries & form in the past, Hardik said, “As far as other talks are concerned, what to do? People will say what they have to. I think with Hardik Pandya, news sells more. I laugh it off.”
GT will now have to wait & see which team from the top three teams- LSG, RCB & RR would meet them in the IPL 2022 final in Ahmedabad on May 29. RCB will lock horns with LSG in the Qualifier 2 to be held on 25th May at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
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