Skipper Hardik Pandya says future generations will talk about the Gujarat Titans’ IPL triumph in their debut season.
Pandya returned figures of 3-17 to restrict Rajasthan to 130-9 in the lop-sided final.
The captain then made 34 with the bat before Shubman Gill (45) and David Miller (32) steered the team home in 18.1 overs to win by seven wickets in front of a record cricket crowd of 104,859 in Ahmedabad.
It was a fairytale finish for a team that entered the world’s richest domestic cricket tournament alongside the Lucknow Super Giants in the expanded 10-team IPL this year.
“This title is going to be a special one because we talked about creating a legacy,” said Pandya, who has won five IPL titles including four with Mumbai Indians. “The coming generations will talk about it.”
Gujarat defied critics, who slammed their squad after the February auction, to become the first team to enter the playoffs and then storm into the final.
Pandya claimed Jos Buttler’s prized scalp for 39. He then sent back Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson for 14 and got the big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer out for 11 with a caught and bowled.
“I wanted to show at the right time what I’ve worked hard for,” Pandya said after being named Man of the Match. “Today was the day from the bowling point of view I saved the best for the best.”
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