Last Update on: July 30th, 2023 at 11:15 am
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has said that he will have to bowl more to get ready for ICC World Cup 2023. His words arrive he failed to get any wickets in IND vs WI 2nd ODI on Saturday.
India also lost the 2nd ODI to West Indies by 6 wickets. Batting first at Kensington Oval Stadium in Barbados, India were bundled out for 181 within 41 overs. Later, West Indies chased down the target quite comfortably by 6 wickets.
Need To Bowl More To Get Ready For World Cup: Hardik Pandya
While speaking about his bowling during the post-match presentation, skipper Hardik Pandya said that he needs to bowl more overs to get ready for ICC World Cup 2023.
“I have to bowl more overs to get ready for the World Cup. Being a turtle at the moment, not a rabbit. Hoping everything goes well during the World Cup”, said Pandya, who led the team in the match in the absence of Rohit Sharma.
ICC World Cup 2023 commences on October 5 in India. Hardik Pandya, being a crucial medium-pace all-rounder, will be a key player for India in the tournament. Talking about the IND vs WI 3rd ODI, Pandya said that the team will be tested now as the series stands tied at 1-1.
“They will be tested, we will be tested now that the series stands 1-1. The next game will be exciting for the viewers as well as the players,” the medium-pace all-rounder further said.
Meanwhile, in IND vs WI 2nd ODI, senior players like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli were rested. A young team under Hardik Pandya battled against West Indies. However, the plan backfired as India faced a huge defeat by 6 wickets in the match.
For India, openers Ishan Kishan (55) and Shubman Gill (34) gave a decent start to the team with an opening stand of 90 overs. The match was affected by rain for some time.
As soon as the match resumed after rain, Indian batting fell like a house of cards. Batters like Sanju Samson (9), Axar Patel (1), Hardik Pandya (7), and Ravindra Jadeja (10) got out for low scores. Suryakumar Yadav showed some patience with his wicket but could only add 24 runs.
Later, opener Kyle Mayers hit 36 for West Indies to provide a good start. Skipper Shai Hope played a match-winning knock of 63 runs to drive the team to victory by 6 wickets. Keacy Carty slammed an unbeaten 48 to provide a crucial contribution.