Gujarat Titans’ skipper Hardik Pandya played a pretty slow innings in the GT vs DC game as his side could not chase down the target. Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh stated it’s good that Hardik admitted his mistake and reckons he will make a comeback.

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Delhi Capitals had posted a below-par total of 130-8 after some brilliant bowling display by Gujarat Titans’ bowling lineup. However, the GT side too got off to a terrible start after which they couldn’t chase down the total even while Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten on the crease.

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“Hardik scored a half-century but couldn’t finish the game off. He admitted later that he couldn’t connect the ball towards the backend. It’s good that he admitted it because such things happen. He is a big player and owned that it was his mistake that he couldn’t finish,” Harbhajan Singh said on his YouTube channel.

Early dismissals of Vijay Shankar and David Miller didn’t allow Hardik Pandya to play his natural game: Harbhajan Singh

“The likes of Vijay Shankar and David Miller departed early and that didn’t allow Hardik to play his natural game. Otherwise I don’t think many would have a better strike rate than Hardik once he gets going. So it’s okay, champion players make a comeback and he will too, ” the former spinner pointed about Hardik’s innings in the GT vs DC clash.

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The Hardik Pandya-led side lost the early wickets of Saha, Gill, Vijay Shankar and David Miller and never got the kind of momentum they were looking for. The GT skipper along with Abhinav Manohar made a formidable partnership for the 5th wicket but the two batters could never accelerate the run rate.

Abhinav Manohar lost his wicket after scoring just 26 runs off 33 deliveries while Hardik kept playing steadily from the other end. Rahul Tewatia came in and played a swashbuckling knock of 20 runs off just 7 deliveries including three consecutive sixes against Anrich Nortje.

Despite Rahul Tewatia’s brilliant knock, Gujarat Titans couldn’t chase down the total as Hardik failed to score quickly and got just 59 runs after facing 53 deliveries. After the game, the GT skipper took the blame on himself and claimed that he should have finished the game for his side as he remained there till the end.

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