IPL 2022

IPL 2022: Lockie Ferguson lauds skipper Hardik Pandya for backing and trusting his skills

Lockie Ferguson won the Player of the Match Award for claiming four wickets against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.

Gujarat Titans registered their second consecutive win in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season on Saturday (April 2). They defeated Delhi Capitals by 14 runs defending 171 runs. Pace bowler Lockie Ferguson was the hero for the Titans as he picked up a stunning four-wicket haul for his side.

Ferguson returned with the figures of 4/28 in his four overs and deservedly won the Player of the Match award. Delighted after winning the game for his team, Ferguson lauded his captain Hardik Pandya for trusting his skills and leading from the front whenever needed. He also noted that Hardik is always with the game encouraging them on and off the field.

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“Hardik is always giving us confidence to play the game that we want to play and it’s nice to have a captain who trusts your skills,” he said while speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Hardik Pandya is leading a team for the first time in the IPL and has impressed with his tactics so far. Even during the toss on Saturday, he was willing to bat first despite the toss stating that dew will not make an appearance and was happy to defend a total.

Ferguson louds his bowling partners too

Gujarat Titans boast of one of the best bowling attacks of the season so far. Apart from Lockie Ferguson, the likes of Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan and Hardik Pandya keep the batters on their toes throughout the innings. Ferguson also pointed out the same thanks stating that his job gets extremely easy to the other bowlers in the team.

“Was one of those nights and with the kind of bowling partners I have, it makes things very easy for me. It’s great (to have a potent bowling unit) and helps to spread calmness in the group. The pressure was coming from both ends with the ball and it worked for us,” the Kiwi bowler added.

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Apart from Ferguson’s four wickets, Shami picked a couple while Rashid and Hardik scalped a wicket each and exactly the same kind of support the New Zealand bowler spoke about.

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