We could make a difference, says Hardik Pandya after losing to SRH


Mumbai: Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans lose their first game of their season to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets after the powerful performance of their batting and bowling squads.

“I think batting wise we were 7-10 runs short, that would have made difference in the end. We started well with the ball, but those two overs where they scored 30 runs, got them back into the game. IPL is tough so I tried to show some toughness (against Malik). That (blow to the helmet) woke me up,” said Pandya after losing the game to SRH. 

“They bowled well and stuck to their plans, credit to them for the way they bowled. We need to learn from the mistakes, we will have a conversation and a laugh as we have out next game in a couple of days,” he concluded. 

“Didn’t have much dew at all. We as a batting group knew that we just had to learn from our mistakes in the past. We knew we had to build partnerships. It was a bit challenging, it was a bit two-paced, was sticking in the wicket a bit. We just stuck there, we had important partnerships. (Preparation) Pure hard work, I try to improve every single day that I train. Fortunately we have some amazing coaches here who are sitting and having some amazing conversations with us,” said Nicholas Pooran, member of winning team. 

“Brian is here, you can’t have better batting conversations with him, he’s helping me tremendously, not just myself but a lot of youngsters in the team. You can see the progress as a batting unit as well. The first over – it went wrong for us, but having said that, I felt that we restricted them really good. Dropped catches – that’s something we have to work on. 160-odd on that wicket was fabulous and all our bowlers did their part, he added. 

first published:April 11, 2022, 11:33 p.m.

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