Kiran More Sees ‘Disturbed’ Hardik Pandya as a ‘Key’ for the 2019 World Cup
Former Indian National wicketkeeper-batsman Kiran More is confident that his ward Hardik Pandya will play a crucial role for the Men in Blue in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. He maintained all-rounder’s ability to pay rich dividends sets him apart from other players. More added teams don’t often avail services of such professionals.
“It [Pandya’s comeback] is good for Team India as well. He gives a good balance and a key member of the team. At the World Cup, I am sure, he is going to be a very important player for India. An all-rounder like him is what we need. You don’t get players like this often,” More told India Today.
Pandya recently made a return to international cricket following controversial remarks on a popular TV show Koffee with Karan. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspended Pandya alongside KL Rahul with immediate effect.
However, without deciding on the quantum of punishment the ban on duo was lifted provisionally pending inquiry on January 24. Thus, senior selection committee straightaway inducted Pandya into India’s limited-overs squad on Kiwis shores.
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It came a day after the announcement from Committee of Administrators (CoA) while seeking suggestion from Amicus Curiae PS Narasimha.
“Definitely, he was very disturbed [during the Koffee With Karan row]. Good, he has made a huge impact straight away,” More added.
More admitted the fact that Pandya is an impactful player while adding he is delighted to see him delivering goods on his return. He also backed Pandya following the ‘sexist’ and ‘inappropriate’ behaviour by saying it’s the ‘part and parcel’ and he has tendered his apology to the BCCI.
“He just went for an interview and talked something. And it went out of control. It’s part of life. You learn when you make a mistake. Now he will definitely know what he needs to do in the future. He has realised that. He has also apologised to the BCCI,” More stated.
Pandya is doing good for the team: More
More, who believes Pandya has learnt a lot after weathering criticism over social media. He added there’s nothing to worry about Pandya who will improve with the time and make it count similarly.
“He is a young kid, he has been there for the last two to three years. With every match, he is learning something new. Once you get matured, you realise what you’re doing. He is absolutely fine and he is on the right track,” More maintained.
On his return in the mid-way of ODI series, Pandya left an early impact by taking a stunner to dismiss the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson. He also bagged two scalps in third ODI before smashing 22-ball 45 runs and attributed it with two wickets as India completed five-match ODI series with the scoreline of 4-1.
Concurrently, the Baroda-based all-rounder Hardik is in Wellington with a team for the impending three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series. Also, his elder brother Krunal Pandya is part of the squad led by Rohit Sharma.
India will take on New Zealand in the opener of the T20I series on Wednesday (February 6) at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
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