Hardik Pandya reveals the success mantra behind the emphatic T20I series win against England
Pandya ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the series.
Updated - Jul 9, 2018 1:20 pm
The Virat Kohli-led Indian team registered a resounding 7-wicket victory over host England team in the deciding game of the three-match T20I series. This was also India’s first ever T20I series victory in the British countryside and also their sixth T20I series win. The visiting Indian team batters showed a lot of character especially the centurion opener Rohit Sharma, who played an absolute effortless and stunning knock to help his team chase down a 199 runs total with an over to spare.
The English openers provided a steady start by hitting the Indian bowlers to all parts of the ground and added 72 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. However, they lost momentum in the second half of their innings due to a comeback by the Indian bowlers especially by all-rounder Hardik Pandya who dented the hosts by scalping four wickets to restrict them under 200. In reply, Rohit provided a solid start at the top with a magnificent hundred and was well supported by the likes of skipper Virat Kohli and then Pandya who contributed with valuable cameos.
We are just enjoying the game rather than stressing about what is happening: Hardik
Hardik Pandya also revealed that the basic idea of this Indian team is to enjoy and play the best brand of cricket, which has helped them to achieve the positive results in the recent times. He mentioned that it is very much necessary to enjoy the modern day game of cricket rather than stressing about what is going to happen. He also talked about the guiding role of support staff who have always given confidence to the players to freely express themselves on the field.
“We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking about what has got to happen. We are just playing our best cricket and when you do that you end up doing well. We have a fantastic supporting staff and leaders who give us immense confidence to go and express ourselves,” said Pandya in the post-match press conference after the final T20I match.
The Indian all-rounder ended up as the leading wicket-taker of the series with six wickets to his tally and he also contributed with the bat when his team required his all-round effort. He spoke about his own performance in the series and stressed on improving his shortcomings.
“I am always learning the game and making sure I am always learning from my mistakes in every game I play in,” he added. Hardik got smacked for 22 runs in his first over by the England opener Jason Roy who looked to be in top form in the game. However, the 24-year old all-rounder came back strongly in his next spell to pick up his career-best T20I figures (4/38), which also turned out to be a decisive point in the game.
“When I went for 22 in an over I thought the T20 is a funny format and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls. Virat Kohli (captain) asked me and I told him I was okay – if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. I just had to make sure I kept it simple,” concluded the Indian all-rounder.