India’s stand-in T20I skipper, Hardik Pandya has said that his New Year’s resolution is to win the ODI World Cup with the Men in Blue. India is set to host the ICC Men’s World Cup in October. Talking to the reporters ahead of the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, Pandya said it’s been a magical year for him despite India not winning the T20 World Cup.
Hardik Pandya said, “Obviously, one year back, things were quite different. It was my call to go out and get better and it has been a magical year for me. Obviously, we would have liked to win the T20 World Cup but that is part and parcel. It did not happen and that’s alright.”
He went on to say that he still has a lot to achieve in his career, joking that he has not achieved anything yet.
Elaborating the same, Hardik Pandya said, “Going forward, what do I want to achieve? There’s a lot to achieve. I haven’t achieved anything in my career. So, looking forward to the future and the goal is going to win the World Cup. The New Year’s resolution is to win the World Cup. I don’t think there can be any bigger resolution than that. Our aim will be to win the World Cup and we will try to do that. We will go out there and give everything and things are looking bright.”
The hard-hitting all-rounder has opined that he only understands the language of hard work, adding that he will keep working hard to achieve his goals.
Hardik Pandya explained, “I know the language of hard work. I’ve been thrown to the deep end and the only thing that has got me back is my hard work. Keep working hard and make sure I look after my body, which I do. Injuries are a part of the game and I can’t change that. I am very confident of what I’ve done and believe in my process that has brought me here. Going forward, I just want to give my body ample chances to be out there and play my best.”
India will play the first T20I of the three-game series against Sri Lanka on January 3 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.