Hardik Pandya believes he has matured enough as a T20 cricketer to absorb the pressure and play any part for the team. About six years ago, he came to a press conference and said:
“I could always hit a six if I wanted”.Hardik is willing to step down, go deeper into the game and play the role MS Dhoni played towards the end of his international career.
“Look, to be honest, I’ve always enjoyed hitting sixes, but I have to evolve. That’s life,” he said after leading India to a 2-1 win over New Zealand in Ahmedabad. Hardyk said. “I have to take on another part that I have always believed in partnerships. I want to give my team and others a sense of security and certainty that at least I am there.I have played more games than anyone else. So, I know the experience and more than the experience part, that’s where I hit and how to learn to embrace the pressure, swallow the pressure and make sure the team and everything is calm. I learned.
“Then we might have to lower our strike rate and taking on new opportunities and new roles is something I’ve always looked forward to. It is okay to play the role that Mahi (Dhoni) once played. I think I was young and hitting all over the park back then, but now that he’s gone all of a sudden, this responsibility is .
On Wednesday, Hardyk played the role with the bat, often punching well-timed Shubman Gill and hitting him hard, but Hardyk himself had a batting average of 176.47. We are making progress. He is currently throwing his overs hard on a regular basis in his play for Indian Power as Jasprit has his bumla sidelined with an injury. Since the start of his home season, Hardik has bowled 12 overs on power plays and conceded 86 runs for two wickets. Even in the recent Indore ODI, when India was resting the leading bowlers, Hardik swung with a new ball forward.
“I had to bowl a new ball (at T20Is) because I had Arshdeep [Singh]… I wanted a new guy to come in and play the difficult role of [bowling the new ball first]. No, because they say Hardik “puts pressure on and chases the game. So I’ve always been leading up front and working on new ball skills. That helps.”
Opening his T20I series at lunch He said the night before the game, Hardik was bowling with new balls even during practice, preparing to bowl on a power play. Hardik’s ability to move the new ball both in the air and through seams added flexibility to India’s attack, allowing him to reload the overs of Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik.