Hardik Pandya has become one of the few captains who have won the title for a team in their debut season as captain. Hardik recently captained Gujarat Titans (GT) in IPL 2022, making him the champion. Before the season, no one was considering Gujarat as the title contender, but now everyone is praising them fiercely. Thanks to his excellent performance, Hardik is now being compared with former Indian captain and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Former CSK player and now a part of the champion team of Gujarat Titans, spinner R Sai Kishore has compared Hardik Pandya’s captaincy to MS Dhoni. Sai Kishore was a part of Chennai Super Kings team before IPL 2022.
Sai Kishor in a conversation with The Times of India said that there are a lot of similarities between the two captains. He said, ‘Like Dhoni, Hardik too has the ability to bring out the best from his players. Both put the team in front of you and that’s what you expect from your leader. I consider Hardik to be the junior version of Dhoni.
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When Sai Kishore was in CSK, he did not get a chance to play a single match. But in IPL 2022, he made his debut against Lucknow Super Giants, taking two wickets for just seven runs in two overs. He also took one wicket in the final and also took two catches. Talking about his performance, he said, “It was a good season but I think I can do better. I look forward to continuing to improve my game in the coming months. I got to learn a lot from Dhoni. It was great for me to bowl to Dhoni in the nets and talk to him about the game.