There’s Nothing Like A Natural Game, Says Hardik Pandya
Nine out of ten players will more or less agree to play their natural game irrespective of the situation but Hardik Pandya is an exception, and perhaps that is the reason behind the young allrounder’s remarkable turnaround with the bat this year.
The 24-year old has emerged as one of the most important members of the team across formats with his scintillating and consistent all-round displays. After an impressive outing in the Champions Trophy, where he scored a whirlwind fifty in the final against Pakistan, and the West Indies tour, he was handed his Test debut in Sri Lanka.
He grabbed the opportunity with both the hands, scoring a quickfire fifty on his debut before giving a Man of the Match performance in the third Test, as he scored 108 runs off 96 balls. He further enhanced his reputation with an outstanding performance against Australia in the ODIs, scoring 222 runs and taking six wickets to bag his first Man of the Series award.
But while his hard-hitting abilities have convinced many that the Baroda star knows only one way of approaching the innings, he holds a different view, and it more or less justifies the decision of the team taken during the Australia series when he was sent in to bat at number 4. Pandya, whose career turned around after he spent some time with India ‘A’ coach and former captain Rahul Dravid, said that the legendary batsman explained him the importance of playing according to the situation.
“You can’t just be hitting everything when your team requires you to play in a certain way. It’s all about the team. Rahul Dravid explained there’s nothing like a natural game,” Pandya told Sportstarlive.
“If your team is like 45 for six, and if you go out and hit in the air, get out and say it’s my natural game, that’s not one’s natural game. For me, it’s stupidity,” he added.
Pandya also said that he has been learning the tricks from the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni too.
“He (Dravid) always cited examples of being smart enough to tweak the game according to the situation. I am fortunate enough to learn it from the legends. Even the likes of Virat (Kohli) and M.S. (Dhoni) keep discussing the same. It’s really helped me,” he said.
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