Pandya wants to run the Indian team like Dhoni
Openly expressed my intention
New Delhi. India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya believes that he has developed the ability to handle pressure and has no problem playing a role for the team like the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni). The 29-year-old all-rounder is known for his fiery batting but the player, who recently led the team in T20 International series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, said he has learned to handle the innings. Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni used to play such a role in the later stages of his international career. The Indian captain, who won the series 2-1 with a 168-run win in the third T20 International against New Zealand, said, “I have to take responsibility in a different way.” Wherein I always believe in partnership. I want to give more confidence and assurance to my team and others that at least I am there. “He said,” I have played more cricket than other players in this team (T20 International). In such a situation, with experience, I have learned to withstand pressure and ensure that the atmosphere in the team remains calm in every situation.
Dhoni is known for his calm demeanor and Hardik believes that it is now his responsibility to take the legendary wicketkeeper’s place as a batsman. He is ready to reduce his strike-rate to play this role. Hardik said, “In this way, maybe I will have to reduce my strike rate or accept a new challenge. This is something that I see happening. I don’t mind playing the kind of role that Mahi bhai (Dhoni) used to do.” Hardik has scored 1271 runs in 87 T20 matches at a strike rate of 142.17. Hardik said, “To be honest, I like to hit sixes but as a player you have to keep getting better.” I have to play some other role and I believe in partnerships while batting. India scored their biggest win of 168 runs in the third T20 International after scoring 234 runs for four wickets on the basis of Shubman Gill’s unbeaten 126 runs, including New Zealand’s innings for 66 runs.
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Hardik took four wickets while leading the fast bowling attack. When asked after starting the bowling with the new ball, he said, “I will have to bowl with the new ball in T20 International because the other bowlers in this team are new and I do not want to give them a difficult role.” If more runs are scored against them then they can come under pressure. I want to lead the team by taking responsibility myself.” He played his last Test in 2018 against Australia. He had surgery in 2019 and since then he has been out of the team for the longest format of the game. Pandya said, “I will come back when I feel it is the right time for me to play Test cricket.” Right now, I am focusing on white-ball cricket, which is important.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : February 02, 2023, 13:17 IST