Mumbai: India’s T20 International skipper Hardik Pandya has said that he will not get unnecessarily upset if his team loses a few matches and the most important thing is to face ‘tough conditions’ that pose big challenges to the team. Will help you prepare for
Pandya also dispelled doubts about his fitness, saying that due to stiffness in the first T20 against Sri Lanka (India vs Sri Lanka T20 Match), he had to leave the ground for a while because he did not sleep well last night and he Didn’t even drink enough water. Deepak Hooda (41 not out) and Akshar Patel (31 not out) shared an unbroken 68-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take India to a challenging target. Both of them came to the crease when India was in trouble after losing five wickets for 94 runs.
India beat Sri Lanka by two runs. Pandya (Hardik Pandya) said after the match, “If we lose some matches then there is no problem in it. I want to prepare this team to face tough conditions as that will help us in the big matches. We are very good in bilateral matches and in this way we are going to challenge ourselves. To be honest, today all the young players got us out of a tight spot.”
After taking the catch, Pandya had to walk off the field for a while and the captain jokingly said that he likes to scare people. Pandya said, “It is just cramping. Now I have a tendency to scare people. I didn’t sleep well and didn’t drink enough water so the cramps happened. I was unwell and had low body fluids.” Shivam Mavi impressed making his debut. The skipper was all praise for the fast bowler, who took four wickets for 22 runs in his T20 debut.
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Pandya said, “The conversation was very simple, I have seen him (Mavi) bowling well in IPL and I know what his strength is, just back yourself and don’t worry about getting shot against you.” ” He said, “I just told him to bowl. I told him, ‘I am supporting you. Even if big shots are taken against you, there is no problem. If the situation remains the same then I will bowl with the new ball. I have learned to swing the ball.
Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka said that the visiting team should have won the match. Shanaka said, “It was our match. Very disappointed with the way we finished the match. You need batsmen to register wins at Wankhede.”
The Sri Lankan captain said, “I used the matchup (fixed bowler vs batsman) well and that is the reason we stopped India for 162 runs.” It is still the first match and they (batsmen) are a really good bunch of youngsters, they will do well.”
Mavi said he has been waiting for the last six years to make it to the senior Indian team. He said, “After playing in the under-19 category, I was waiting for six years. Worked hard in those six years – got injured too. For a while it seemed that my dream would remain a dream. But I stuck to it.” Mavi said, “I am not as nervous after playing IPL. My idea in the powerplay was to attack and get the batsmen out. The first wicket was the favourite, bowled the batsman.” (agency)