Hardik Pandya is very excited about the upcoming T20 series against Australia in Australia. He is in the 15-men squad for the upcoming 3-match T20 series, which will be starting from 26th January.
Pandya said, “It is important for me and I am keen to impress there so I can cement my place. Mushtaq Ali T20 is an important platform to set the tone for me before I depart for Australia.”
The 22-years old all-rounder said, “I want to give back to my parents by buying a house first before thinking of buying an expensive car. But I am still thankful. If my father had good money, I may not have been here. Maybe I would have been more relaxed, sitting at home and not work hard,”
Pandya made his debut for Baroda in March 2013. Currently, he is in very good form in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (domestic T20 trophy) as he is the leading run-scorer in the tournament (till the 2 p.m. on 15th January 2016). He already scored 320 runs in the 7 matches including 3 half-centuries with the average of 80.00. He also grabbed 7 wickets in that tournament.
Pandya came into the limelight in IPL 2015 when he had hit an unbeaten 61 runs in 31 balls for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders. Pandya said, “My journey started from that 82 (57 balls) against Mumbai in T20. Till then, Mumbai Indians didn’t know me.”
Recently Pandya hit 39 runs in an over to Delhi bowler Akash Sudan in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Pandya said, “I feel sad for him (Sudan). I had to do it because that was the situation. I had to hit, otherwise, we would not have got that score.”
Pandya recalled his childhood days as he said, “When I was 14, I could hardly clear 30 yards. But I had the temptation to go for big hits. As I grew older, I began hitting big. I believe I have the power and talent to hit those big shots. Don’t go by my body.”
Pandya said that how he is preparing to play in the big grounds at Australia. He said, “I know that. I have been preparing for that and working on specifics. People who have played there have told me to look for singles and twos, build the innings and then when you get the ball, clear it. I have done my specifics like playing on the rise that will help me hit over covers and mid-wicket. I have worked on short stuff and bettering all my shots.”
Pandya said that he will be trying to take the all-rounder spot in the Indian team. He said, “People are looking to make good impression and I am one of them. I have been bowling 140 kph as well. I have been bowling quick enough consistently and preparing well.”