Hardik Pandya Is Smart Enough to Know What Is Expected Of Him - KL Rahul
Hardik Pandya Is Smart Enough to Know What Is Expected Of Him - KL Rahul

Indian opener KL Rahul implied that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is ‘smart enough’ to know his responsibilities and what he needs to bring to the side with the amount of talent he has.

Hardik was left out of India’s squad for the upcoming 3-match T20I series against New Zealand and in his stead, Venkatesh Iyer was given a chance after his excellent performances in the second leg of the IPL 2021 season held in UAE.

The Baroda all-rounder, Hardik, has been woefully out of form of late with the bat and hasn’t bowled much since his return from injury. Without his bowling, he may not be an automatic choice in playing XI. Rahul spoke about the same matter, claiming that Hardik knows what he needs to do.

Hardik Pandya, Indian Bowler
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Quite honestly, I mean I do not know if that has happened. He knows exactly what he needs to do and what is expected out of him. He is smart enough to understand that,” Rahul said in a virtual press conference ahead of the series.

“There is added responsibility but I enjoy doing it” – KL Rahul

Newly appointed as the vice-captain of the T20I side, KL Rahul said he is looking forward to taking the role head-on. Rohit Sharma will be the skipper of the team after Virat Kohli stepped down from the post citing workload management issues.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma
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Yes, there will be an added responsibility but it is something I have enjoyed doing, the most important thing would be to create an atmosphere in the dressing room where people coming in feel happy and welcome and they go out there and express themselves. Rahul Dravid comes in as well, really looking forward to the next two weeks with the new coaching staff,” Rahul said.

The T20I series begins on November 17 in Jaipur with several notable names being rested in the Indian squad.

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