The Ahmedabad IPL club, which will compete in the Indian Premier League for the first time in 2022, has named famous all-rounder Hardik Pandya as captain. Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill, the franchise’s other two draft picks, will join him.
Vikram Solanki, the franchise’s director of cricket, claimed that Hardik and Rashid Khan were each signed for a fee of 15 crore, while Gill was signed for a fee of 8 crore.
Hardik and Rashid will be playing in the same IPL team for the first time. The all-rounder previously played for the Mumbai Indians, who won the IPL five times, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he represented Afghanistan.
Hardik’s play over the years
Hardik was selected by the Mumbai-based franchise for INR 10 lakhs as an uncapped player in 2015. Mumbai retained him for the 2018 season, paying him INR 11 crores, owing to his meteoric ascent in international cricket as a formidable all-round option.
Hardik scored 1476 runs at a strike rate of 153.91 and took 42 wickets at a strike rate of 20.69 during his seven-year tenure with the organization.
Hardik did not bowl a single over last season, and his batting numbers have plummeted, which was the key reason for Mumbai’s decision not to keep him for the tournament’s 15th season.
Because of his fitness issues, India’s management is considering other choices for the upcoming World Cups, with Hardik attempting to recuperate from a long-term back problem.
Following the retition announcement last month, one of the main discussion points was the Sunrisers’ decision not to keep Rashid.
He signed with SRH for INR 4 crores in 2017 and was re-signed for INR 9 crores for the 2018 season. He appeared in 76 games for the team, taking 93 wickets at a 6.33 economy rate.