“You Deserve Everything and Much More” – Hardik Pandya Receives an Emotional Note from Brother Krunal
Krunal Pandya wrote a heartfelt note for his brother Hardik Pandya who has been the country’s toast so far after leading Gujarat Titans (GT) to the IPL 2022 title after beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League Final 15 on May 29 in Ahmedabad .
This IPL 2022 saw the brothers play for different teams as Krunal Pandya showed up for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), after he was unsuccessful with the MI franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.
This IPL 2022 was Hardik Pandya’s return to competitive cricket after a lengthy sabbatical which saw him last donning the Indian shirt for the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. His inability to bowl during the tournament was cited as one of the reasons why India did not advance to the semi-finals. This is also one of the reasons why he was let go by the Mumbai Indians franchise after spending 7 years with them.
This led to Hardik Pandya taking some time off to regain peak physical shape and he was picked by Gujarat Titans (GT) ahead of the IPL 2022 auction and to everyone’s surprise was also named captain of the crew.
Many doubted his ability to lead a team at this level with no previous experience, but he killed his critics as GT won 10 games in the championship game, was the first team to qualify for the playoffs, and then beat RR in Qualifier 1 to make final in Ahmedabad.
‘People had written you off’: Krunal Pandya writes message for Brother Hardik
Hardik not only rose to the occasion, he led from the front, scoring 34 points and picking 3/17 in the final, to help GT become only the second team to lift the IPL trophy in their first season. He was also named Player of the Finals, joining his brother Krunal Pandya, who received the same award in the 2017 IPL Finals.
Two days after GT’s IPL 2022 triumph, Hardik received special and moving praise from his brother Krunal Pandya.
He posted: “People had written you off but you keep making history. I wish I was there when over a million people were cheering for your name. @hardikpandya7. My brother Only you know the amount of hard work that has been behind your success – early mornings, countless hours of training, discipline and mental toughness. And seeing you lift the trophy is the fruit of your hard work. You deserve all of this and more.
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) May 31, 2022