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Hardik Pandya’s thoughts on the upcoming World Cup

by  Shashi Shukla  •  Last updated on 2023-01-06 20:23:58


Substitute commander of Team India says that Team India are not on a mission to dole out any retributions with Team Sri Lanka after the Asia Cup misfortune last year.

Looking forward to the 2024 World Cup. Currently as T20 International captain for 3 games against Team Sri Lanka for the time being, Hardik Pandya's message to his young group is clear: "go straight out there & express yourself, we will back you profoundly."

Hardik assumes control over captaincy without any customary pioneer Rohit Sharma, who will reclaim captaincy for the One day International format. Despite the fact that it's not satisfactory yet who India's skipper at the following T20 World Cup will be, Hardik surveyed Team India's circumstance in T20s by expressing that their methodology leading the pack up to the competition checked out.

Team India had embraced another methodology in the similar format when Rohit Sharma took over captaincy and Coch Rahul Dravid turned into the new lead trainer: they began getting a lot of speedier off the blocks in the powerplay, Rohit himself changed his methodology at the top request, and a large portion of India's players were batting with a goal of scoring quicker. Then again, actually in Australia, the skip and speed was not however as Team India would prefer, and they returned to their old layout of setting a base and afterward speeding on it.


"I think before the T20 World Cup, We don't rule out if we did anything wrong," Hardik said in Mumbai, a day prior to the series opener against Team Sri Lanka. "Our layout, approach, everything was something similar. Indeed, During the World Cup, things didn't go the way we needed. Also, I think our methodology was not something similar - what it was before the World Cup. Everything we have seen and said to the young men is to simply go out there and express yourself, which they will do. Also, it really depends on us how we will be back again.

"What the team have said is that the team will be back tk its main strengths. Every one of the players has that help from my side that I will back them profoundly. Who are here, these are the best cricketers in the nation, that is the explanation they are here. Thus, I need to cause them to accept that, which is a reality too. As far as I might be concerned, how much could I at any point cause them to feel that they're awesome at their business. Furthermore, on the off chance that I can finish that thing, and can get that trust in them, then, at that point, I don't believe that they will have any issue in worldwide cricket. I figure they will thrive and have astonishing professions ahead."


Hardik repeated Rohit's words from a year prior to the 2022 World Cup when captain and Dravid had given their players "confirmation of going out and articulating their thoughts." With the following T20 World Cup just 18 months away, Hardik didn't delve into the group's arrangements exhaustively yet said there was very little opportunity to try until further notice as there are just six T20 International matches before Indian Premier League 2023.

"Clearly, the plans are set. We are hoping to play with a particular goal in mind, which the team will," Hardik said. "Before Indian Premier League 2023 just six games are there, so we don't have a lot of opportunities to do a ton of things. However, going ahead we will continue to make new plans and see which are the plans which are working as far as we're concerned. Also, proceeding simply ensures everybody gets sufficient chances and only that on the perfect opportunity when required see what we want to do."

Being the hosts and 3-0 victors of the last time these two groups played a reciprocal T20 International series - in mid of the year 2022 in India - Hardik suggested they had a high experience in home grounds, and wasn't hoping to dole out any sort of retribution after their misfortune to possible bosses Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup tournament.

"No, we're not hoping to settle anything, after the Asia Cup loss," Hardik said happily. "We need to play great cricket. Indeed, we will cause them to feel like we're in India, don't stress over that, I guarantee and commitment you they will feel that they're playing a worldwide group and that too India in India. So from my young men and my side, we will be clear. We don't have to sledge them, our non-verbal communication is enough for them to feel a little scared, which we will do, I guarantee you."

Team India will ball a new-look team squad with Suryakumar Yadav as the vice captain of the team in the T20 Internationals, and a few senior players either inaccessible or rested. Three uncapped players - Shivam Mavi, Rahul Tripathi, and Mukesh Kumar, likewise get an opportunity to make their worldwide cricket debuts.