The ICC World Cup 2019 was one of the tough moments for Indian fans to take down. They were pretty sure that the Indian team is going to return India with a glorious trophy. However, that wasn’t the case, as India failed to chase down a low tally against New Zealand. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya added that the team has moved on from it.
After a gruelling net session, the 25-year-old in an exclusive interview with IANS revealed that the team has moved on from semi-final exit from the World Cup and are eyeing to do well in the upcoming T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to take place in Australia in 2020.
Hardik Pandya is set to return to the field after two months as India take on South Africa in the first T20I of the three-match series in Dharamsala on September 15. Pandya was rested by the team management after India were knocked out of World Cup 2019 by New Zealand in the semi-final. Pandya was not a part of India’s tour of West Indies due to a niggle in his back.
We played outstandingly – Hardik Pandya
Despite missing out on the world cup, Hardik Pandya believes that the team has delivered the best during the entire tournament apart from that 30 minutes play in the knock out stages of the game. India enjoyed a dominant run in the group stages at the World Cup as they finished on top of the standings.
“It was difficult and we all felt the same pain, but life moves on. I would have been more upset if we as a team hadn’t done justice to our performance. I think as a team we played as champions and except for those 30 minutes, I thought we played outstandingly and everyone was contributing and looking to excel. It is just how it is at the knockout stage. We have kind of moved on and we want to focus on the next World Cup (WT20) and win that,” Hardik told IANS.
Important for me to be super fit:
The all-rounder added that it is very important for him to stay fit all the time. Hardik Pandya understands that he needs to deliver the goods in all sections of the game, which means that he needs to be fit.
“It is a little difficult because the thing I do as a batsman is then replicated as a bowler. So, I bowl the same amount of balls that a bowler bowls and then I bat for as long as a batsman will help keep my game on point. That is why it is important for me to be super fit and that I am improving my fitness all the time. It has not been easy till now and I have to manage my workload at all times,” the all-rounder said.
Well, Hardik Pandya is one of the regular players for India at present and holds a vital role for the team across the formats. The all-rounder will be crucial for India’s chances in the upcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2020.