After The World T20, I Had A Reality Check, Says Hardik Pandya
While making his One-day International debut against New Zealand in October last year, the 23-year-old all-rounder Hardik Pandya stated that World Twenty20 2016 was a “reality check” and there on he had learned a lot in limited-overs cricket.
“After the World T20, I had a reality check. I thought hard about the things I needed to improve on. The A tour to Australia happened and that turned out to be an important for me,” Pandya said on the eve of the first Twenty20 International at Kanpur.
The fast-bowling all-rounder Pandya has also admitted that he had faced a tough time in the 2016 World Cup which he considers as a big lesson to improve as a professional.
Pandya could play an important role for India as a fast bowling all-rounder if he continues to play for national side in the limited-overs game.
“It gives you lot of confidence when you do well in an important series. It was very important that I started believing that I belong here.” Pandya remarked.
Pandya’s maiden fifty came against England in the third ODI at Kolkata where he scored 56 in a thriller of a game. He had also admitted that he played a wrong shot during the Kolkata game which India lost by five runs.
While praising the former Indian batsman, Pandya expressed Rahul Dravid has given a lot of inputs on his batting before discussing about the various aspects of the game.
“I learnt a lot there about my game. Rahul Dravid sir (coach) used to help me a lot, talking to me about my game and the mental side of it. Paras Mhambrey (assistant coach) was also very helpful,” added Pandya.
Earlier, after good performance on India A tour to Australia, Pandya returned in the national team.
“As an individual, I feel we should accept our mistakes and learn from it. I feel I should not have played that shot but I felt the asking rate was getting high and someone had to take the chance, Pandya revealed.
After having a rough Indian Premier League season, Pandya was overlooked by the selectors for Zimbabwe tour.
“I don’t think anything different will be there (when it comes to bowling alongside different set of bowlers). I have played with him (Nehra) and I am very comfortable with him. Individually, it doesn’t make a difference when someone else comes in or goes out,” he concluded.
In January 2016 against Australia, Pandya made his Twenty20 International debut before making into the T20 World Cup squad.
Pandya also earned a maiden call for India against England in the recently concluded Tests against England.
However, the Gujarat-born Pandya missed on Test debut after suffering from the shoulder injury in third Test in Mohali during the practice session.
In his 16 Twenty20 Internationals he has scored 78 runs at an average of 11.14. He also bagged 15 wickets. In seven ODIs, Pandya has scored 160 runs at an average of 53.33 where he has picked nine wickets so far in ODIs.
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