Hardik Pandya Clarifies He Doesn’t Care About Outside Noise While Picking The XI
By CricShots - Nov 23, 2022 11:36 am
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India’s stand-in skipper, Hardik Pandya has given a reply to the critics who questioned him for not picking Umran Malik and Sanju Samson in India’s T20I series against New Zealand. The talismanic all-rounder has confirmed that he has no concern about what others say, and he is picking the best lineup after having a discussion with the coach. India enjoyed a 1-0 win in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand after the third T20I in Napier ended in a tie via the DLS method.

Deepak Hooda
Team India

However, many former cricketers have criticized Hardik Pandya for not giving an opportunity to someone like Umran and Samson and going with Shreyas Iyer and Bhuvneshwar Kumar instead. Unsurprisingly, Hardik did not like it when the same question was asked to him directly at the post-match press conference.

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Hardik Pandya clarified that he has no concern about outside noise, especially at the international level. He went on to say that India is his team, and he selects the best playing XI after having a chat with the head coach. He also mentioned the recent New Zealand series was a short one, and when there will be longer assignments, the youngsters will have their chances to prosper.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya led India to the series win

As per the quotes in Hindustan Times, Hardik Pandya said, “First things first, who is saying what outside, doesn’t really affect us at this level? This is my team and I’ll pick the best side after discussing with the coach. There is ample time. Everyone will get their chances and when they do, it will be a long run. This was a small series, if we had more matches then we could have tried out more players.”

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Notably, India only had a full 40-overs game in the second T20I, which they won comprehensively by 65 runs. They will now play a three-match ODI series, beginning on November 25 at Eden Park, Auckland.