India's favourite all-rounder Hardik Pandya was not retained by Mumbai Indians for the 15th edition of Indian Premier League (2022). However, to everyone's surprise the all-rounder was picked for a staggering INR 15 crores by the Ahmedabad franchise and will also get to lead the team. Ahmedabad is a new addition to the cash-rich tournament bring the tally to ten teams from eight. Along with Ahmedabad, Lucknow team has also been launched this season.
"To be very honest I was very excited when I got to know I will be playing for my state. It is my home state where I was born and brought up. It is going to be an exciting and new opportunity for me because I have always played as a player who wanted to take up a lot of responsibility and ownership of things when I do things and now when I have got the opportunity, I want to create some nice culture where all the players get equal opportunity-- one for all and all for one," said Hardik Pandya while speaking to ANI.
"It is a new pamphlet, a new legacy for us. Obviously I am very lucky for having played in Mumbai Indians where I learnt a lot from being a new kid coming to the IPL to now getting an opportunity to lead a team. It has been a dream for me and I am grateful for all the opportunities and chances given by the people," he added.
Over the years, Hardik has impressed all with his on field presence, be it his bowling capabilites or power-packed batting, he has delivered as a star performer in his IPL stint with the Mumbai Indians and raised the expectation for future.