Gujarat Titans unveiled their team’s official jersey on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Cricket stadium in Ahmedabad in the presence of captain Hardik Pandya, head coach Ashish Nehra, BCCI secretary Jay Shah and all other team officials.
The Ahmedabad-based franchise will make its IPL debut alongside Lucknow Super Giants to make it a 10-team IPL 2022 and they will take on the Lucknow franchise in their opening match on March 28.
Asked whether he would bowl again, Hardik said it would be a surprise.
“Sir, it would be a surprise, so let it be a surprise,” the 28-year-old said on the sidelines of their jersey launch at their home ground, Narendra Modi Stadium.
Hardik was picked by Gujarat Titans for Rs 15 crore in the pre-auction draft and was named the captain as the former Mumbai Indians star will be seen as a new role of leading the side.
Hardik said captaincy is about man-management.
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“Success is theirs, failure is mine. Our role will be to make sure the players are comfortable in whatever capacity we can help them out. Clarity, honesty has to be there,” he said.
“In good times they don’t need any of us. But the season will test you, there will be difficult times and that’s when we will be there to support them,” Hardik reiterated what he had said during an earlier interaction.
The Gujarat Titans squad also includes India opener Shubman Gill, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Australia’s Matthew Wade, senior India pacer Mohammad Shami and New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson.