Gujarat Titans captain Hardik Pandya insisted he had no regrets about his decision to bat first despite suffering an 8-wicket defeat at the hands of Gujarat Titans in the 48th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Hardik said that 170 would have been an ideal score but Gujarat kept losing wickets and did not get any rhythm. Punjab moved up to the fifth spot on the points table and also boosted their NRR as they hunted down the 144-run target with 24 balls to spare against the table-toppers.
“Obviously, we were not even close to par. 170 would have been an ideal score but we kept losing wickets and did not get any rhythm. I back my decision to bat first because we need to put ourselves in difficult situations where we come out of our comfort zone,” Hardik Pandya said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
“We’ve been doing well chasing but we wanted to make sure that we put our batters under pressure so that when the right game comes and we have to bat first, we should know how we have to go. It was an exercise which we wanted to try.
“We knew the new ball might do something, but we kept losing wickets. If you keep losing wickets no matter the conditions, your batting is always going to be under pressure. We didn’t get the start we wanted but I’ll take the loss as a learning curve and as I said we need to come out of our comfort zone, try to bat first and put up some totals as well.
“Even when we were winning, we were always talking about getting better. We’ll have a chat about where things did not go our way and focus on the things we need to get better for our next game. We don’t have much time. We need to regroup. Losing is a part of the sport and more often than not we’ve been on the winning side,” Hardik signed off.