Pandya said that he has now ensured that the young players are fit to play at this level
After winning the series here, Pandya said, “It is not really that difficult. Things become a lot easier for me when there are experienced players, I don’t say much to them. He is playing at this level because he has done very good things in his life.
Captaining a young team is not easy but Hardik Pandya, who captained India to a 2-1 T20I series win over Asian champions Sri Lanka, believes it was not that difficult as all he had to do was make sure they were on their toes. Deserves to play at the level. With the three-match T20 International series against Sri Lanka, the Indian team has started a new era under the leadership of Pandya.
After winning the series here, Pandya said, “It is not really that difficult. Things become a lot easier for me when there are experienced players, I don’t say much to them. They are playing at this level because they have done very good things in their life. Players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah were also not a part of the series due to various reasons.
India started with a two-run victory over Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka in the first match in Mumbai. India lost the second match in Pune chasing a stiff target of 207 while Suryakumar Yadav’s 51-ball 112 not out helped the hosts post 228 for five in the decider. In response, the Sri Lankan team was bundled out for 137 runs in 16.4 overs. Backing the young team, the new India skipper said they will make mistakes but it is about accepting them and learning from them.
Pandya said, “Management is not difficult but yes, it is a young team. They will make mistakes, they will learn from it. We have emphasized that once you make a mistake, make sure you learn from it. It is very important to accept things in this. If you don’t accept that then things become very difficult. “But when there is a young team, I can only help by giving them confidence. How to make sure they are at a level, when they are playing here, they should feel they deserve to play here.
Pandya lauded Suryakumar for his blistering century, “Today I realized it was a Suryakumar vs Sri Lanka match. This makes things easier for me. I always say that someone like Suryakumar is very important for us in white-ball cricket. Breaks the morale and it helps the other batsman as well.
Batting first, India lost the wicket of Ishan Kishan in the very first over but then Rahul Tripathi gave the hosts a 16-ball 35 and Pandya lauded the Maharashtra batsman. “Special mention to Rahul Tripathi as well, the kind of intent he has shown is something that is very natural to him. It can change the rhythm of the match. If you can sense in the first few overs that the ball is moving and people sitting outside also feel that there is some help in the wicket. But despite this the ball stopped moving due to his intention. He changed his length and then it was all like they are chasing in the match. Overall, Suryakumar and Tripathi batted brilliantly.
Regarding the aggressive approach of Team India, he said, “It is not that we always play aggressively in terms of hitting. It may also happen that we play like this but end up scoring 150 runs only. Respect that ball. But if you have a defensive mindset, even if it’s a bad ball, you can’t hit it for a boundary.
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