Hardik Pandya Reveals Everyone In The Team Management Knows Where He Stands In Terms Of Bowling Fitness

Published - 01 Feb 2022, 09:40 PM

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

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has revealed that everyone in the Indian team management knows where he stands in terms of bowling fitness.

The Baroda all-rounder has been struggling a lot with his back problems, due to which he has not been able to bowl regular spells for the team and he used to play only a pure batsman in the team.

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Hardik Pandya, Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2021
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Hardik has been out of action since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and he has made himself unavailable for the home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka to work on gaining back his bowling fitness.

“They know where I am (in terms of bowling fitness). It has been communicated to everyone,” Pandya told PTI during an interaction facilitated by the franchise.

“Hardik the batter and bowler combined sounds much better than Hardik the batter,” he said.

“It will be a surprise for everyone,” he replied when asked where is he placed in terms of bowling.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old all-rounder has said it has been challenging for him not being able to contribute to the team in the bowling department.

“It’s been challenging (not being able to bowl) and I have always given (contributed) in three areas of the game. But when I had decided that I wanted to only bat, I just wanted to spend some time on the ground and it has been challenging, yes,” he admitted.

Hardik said that the criticism doesn’t generally bother him a lot but he feels healthy criticism is always good.

“Healthy criticism is always good, but criticism generally doesn’t bother me as I know what I’m doing. I know how many hard yards I have put in. I have always worked hard for the processes and not the result. Results take care of themselves when you put in genuine hard work.” 

From Virat Kohli, I will pick his aggression – Hardik Pandya

MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. Photo- Twitter
MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya. Photo- Twitter

Hardik Pandya has been picked by the new Ahmedabad franchise ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, which will take place on February 12&13, and he is set to lead the team in the cash-rich league.

I will give an example — when someone is on a high and everything is falling in place, he genuinely does not need anyone, he’s at that point in good space and does not need anyone, I have always believed that when someone is having a bad day, that’s when he needs you,” he said.

“My philosophy is that if someone is doing well, as a captain, I will not bother him but when he is down, as a person I will be available if he needs me to hold his hand. That’s the motto I would like to follow. For anyone who needs me, I will always be there.”

MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

While talking about the qualities he would like to take from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, Hardik said that he would take Kohli’s aggression and Dhoni’s calmness.

“From Virat, I will pick his aggression and passion, his energy which is tremendous. From Mahi bhai it’s the composure, calmness, remaining the same in every situation, trying to see what new things he can add.

Also, he revealed a quality he would like to take from his former MI captain Rohit Sharma.

“…and from Rohit, I would pick the freedom as he lets the player decide what he wants to do. These three qualities if I can pick up, it will be a very good combination,” Hardik Pandya added.

“For me, it’s about players who can play as per situations. It doesn’t matter how much firework you have, it’s all about situations and picking the right moments and you win,” he said.

“When you finish the game, you know who is the winner but there are small moments you have to win in T20 games and for us, that’s more important. We are focussed on making sure that we win those small battles — may be doing well in 14th over or 16th over, just an example,” he said.

Hardik Pandya also confirmed that he has no plans regarding promoting himself in the batting order during his stint with Ahmedabad.

I have not made any plan regarding that. If situation demands, I will go early, or I will stay back and make sure I look after back-end.”

“It’s a good start as IPL gives the platform to test myself in new role as pressure is very similar. Not saying you are expected to win but everyone wants to win. It’s a right step to go ahead and eventually get captaincy for your country but you don’t look for that. If it’s suppose to come it will come.”

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