Hardik Pandya has revealed that he told his brother Krunal prior to IPL 2022 that Ashish Nehra is the best person who can get the best out of him. Nehra, who has been working as the head coach of Gujarat Titans, has helped his side to reach IPL 2022 final under the leadership of Hardik.
Gujarat Titans (GT) have a dream debut season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this year. They, under the leadership of Hardik, have reached the final with a stupendous overall record. Firstly, the Titans had won 10 games and lost four to finish at the top of the points table, and then, they registered a hard-fought victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 1 to secure a place in the summit clash, which will be played at Narendra Modi Stadium -- their home ground -- on Sunday.
The Royals, after comprehensively beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Qualifier 2, have entered the final. They will be seeking revenge, which would incidentally help them to give a fitting tribute to Shane Warne, who passed away around two months ago. Notably, Warne was the Royals' only title-winning captain.
Ahead of this all-important encounter, Hardik Pandya, the Titans skipper, heaped praise on their franchise's head coach Ashish Nehra. Hardik said he told his brother Kurnal that Nehra would get the best out of him when they will work together.
"I and my brother (Krunal) were having a chat before we signed anything. I said, someone who can understand me and know me as a person and kind of get the best out of me would be Ashish Nehra. So for me, playing and spending so much time with him is always fun and I've always enjoyed his company no matter what," Hardik was quoted as saying by IANS.
"Our cricketing minds work in a similar fashion. He is someone who spends so much time looking after people (and) that is fantastic quality. He makes sure he gives ample time to every individual. Ashu Pa (Nehra) and a lot of credit goes to the support staff to make sure that the outside environment is pretty chilled out and all that."
The IPL 2022 final on Sunday will be witnessed by 1,25,000 fans inside the stadium.