Hardik Pandya, Indian Bowler
Hardik Pandya (Image Credit: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya has said that he is preparing to play for India as an all-rounder once again. Pandya, who used to be India’s top choice for all-rounder a few years back, has struggled to bowl due in recent times to a back injury. He also did not bowl for Mumbai Indians in the entire season of IPL 2021.

The all-rounder was picked for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. However, after the tournament, selectors dropped him from the national team as he was not able to bowl. While Hardik Pandya went under rehabilitation to regain his fitness, the selectors picked Venkatesh Iyer to fill Pandya’s spot in the national side.

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Hardik Pandya, T20 World Cup 2021
Hardik Pandya (Image Credit: Twitter)

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I Want To Play As An All-Rounder For India: Hardik Pandya

While speaking on the show Backstage with Boria, Hardik Pandya said that he is preparing to play for India as an all-rounder once again.

“I want to play as an all-rounder. If something goes bad, then I don’t know but my preparations are all about playing as an all-rounder. I am feeling good, feeling strong and eventually, the time will say what happens,” Pandya said.

Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2021
Hardik Pandya. Image Credits: Twitter

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The 28-year-old player was recently picked by the Ahmedabad franchise as the skipper of the squad for IPL 2022. Speaking about his leadership, Pandya said that his way of leadership is to set examples, culture, and attitude which the team wants to play with.

“My way of leadership is to set examples, to set culture, to set the attitude which the team wants to play with. So, my way of leadership is taking the team along. So, my philosophy isn’t too complicated. You have to make sure the environment is nice and the players are feeling at home and once everyone gets comfortable, they realize their potential,” said Pandya.

The right-handed batsman last played for India during ICC T20 World Cup 2021. However, he did not bowl during the tournament. Moreover, he also struggled to perform well with the bat. Post the tournament, he has not played any match for the national side so far.

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Along with Hardik Pandya, the Ahmedabad franchise also picked Rashid Khan and Shubman Gill in their squad as draft players. IPL 2022 auction is going to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

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