Skilled in all aspects Hardik Pandya Team India won by 2 runs against Sri Lanka in the first T20 of the three-match series on Tuesday. With Rohit Sharma rested for the series, the responsibility of captaining the team rests on Hardik’s shoulders. In the past, the all-rounder has produced massive results as a captain, leading Gujarat Titans to their maiden IPL title and leading Team India to victory over Ireland in the T20I series. Hardik, who has not played Test cricket since 2018, was asked about his return to the longest format on the eve of the first T20I.
Hardik’s reply left everyone confused as he said, “When will I be seen in whites? Let’s see me completely in blues first, then I’ll see about whites.”
Hardik made his Test debut in July 2017, after which he scored 532 runs in 11 matches. He has one century and four half-centuries to his name, with a highest score of 108. He also took 17 wickets in Test cricket, including a five-wicket haul.
The Gujarat Titans skipper, who has a packed schedule for the entire year, filled with many international matches, says he only believes in hard work.
“I know the language of hard work. I don’t think I know any other language in my life. I’ve been thrown in the deep end and the only thing that got me back is my hard work. Keep working hard and make sure I take care of my body. , which I do,” said Hardik.
“Injuries are a part of the game and I can’t change that. I’m very confident in what I’ve done and believe in the process that got me here. Going forward, I just want to give my body enough opportunities. Be there and do my best. Play,” he added.
The first T20 against Sri Lanka was held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The T20 series will be followed by the three-match ODI series, which will begin on January 10 in Guwahati.
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