Indian fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya, while talking about India’s poor performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, said “everything was thrown at me”.
India National Cricket Team had an extremely poor run in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 as they lost two consecutive games at the start of the tournament and were eventually knocked out of the semi-finals race. Also, Hardik Pandya, who was struggling with his fitness issues during the tournament, faced heavy criticism for his inability to bowl regularly.
Speaking to Boria Majumdar on ‘Backstage with Boria’, Hardik Pandya said that he was selected in India’s World Cup squad as a pure batsman and he worked hard and did bowling in a match where he wasn’t supposed to.
“The position we were in at the World Cup, I felt everything was thrown at me. I was selected in the squad as a batter. I worked hard to bowl in the 1st game, but I couldn’t. I did bowl in the 2nd one even when I wasn’t supposed to,” said Hardik on Backstage with Boria.
The Baroda all-rounder added that he is focused on making a comeback as a pure all-rounder.
“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,” he added.
I want to win the World Cup for the country – Hardik Pandya
Hardik, who has not played international cricket since the T20 World Cup 2021, said that he wants to win the World Cup for India and he aims to be at the peak of his fitness during the marquee World Cup event.
“My main aim is to be at my peak when the World Cup happens. All my training, planning, preparation is keeping the World Cup in mind. I want to win the World Cup for the country. It will make me really happy and proud. It is like an obsession with me,” Hardik was quoted as saying by Economic Times.
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