IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya has revealed the reason why he ran off the field.© BCCI/IPL
“It was just cramps, nothing else,” Hardik Pandya cleared the air after pulling himself off the attack in 18th after a match-winning knockout against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL on Thursday. The injury-prone cricketer is doing well in all departments in his comeback tournament. He gave his fans a lot to worry about as he walked back to the dugout in the middle of his third over.
Hardik, who scored 87, not from 52 balls, himself allayed fears about his fitness during the post-match presentation.
“A lot of hard work for me tonight. It was just cramps, nothing serious,” he said.
It was the second consecutive 50-plus score for the all-rounder pursuing a national comeback. He hits higher in the ranks at number four, giving him more time to speed up his innings.
“I’m not used to batting for so long. It gives me a lot of time. I can count and take risks. The last game didn’t work, but today I made sure I did it. I’ve been in this situation where I took on the role of scoring 12-ball 30. It’s hard, but now at four o’clock I have the game under control,” said Hardik.
About the leadership responsibility, he added: “Captaincy is fun and it allows me to take responsibility and be the standard bearer. The group carries each other. My motto was I wanted everyone to be happy.”
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