India’s stand-in skipper, Hardik Pandya might become the permanent skipper in the shortest format of the game as he is indeed making a solid profile to strengthen his case. The year 2022 has been terrific for the flamboyant all-rounder, be it making contributions with the bat and ball or winning trophies as a captain, he has ticked all the boxes.
The IPL 2022 was a stepping stone in his revamped career which saw his evolution as a leader. He led his team Gujarat Titans (GT) to its maiden title win and then won the T20 tours of Ireland and New Zealand as India’s captain. As far as his personal figures are concerned, he has scored 607 runs in 27 T20Is so far and has picked 20 wickets. He is yet to lose a game as India’s captain.
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On Tuesday, the Indian team won the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand 1-0 after the Napier face-off ended in a tie. India’s chase of 161 was interrupted by rain and since the visitors reached the DLS par score, the game ended without a result.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Hardik Pandya wished for a full game but admitted that weather and conditions are not in anyone’s hands. He mentioned that he would head back home and have some quality time with his family.
Elaborating the same, Hardik Pandya said, “Would have liked to win the game by playing the full overs, but it is what it is. At some point, I felt attack is the best defence on this wicket. We know the kind of bowling attacks they have, it was very important to get those 10-15 runs extra even though we lost a couple of wickets.”
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He further added, “A game like this could have given us an opportunity to test some of the players, but having said that, the weather is something we cannot control. I’m going back home, taking my time off, and be with my son.”
India will now be shifting their focus to the 3-match ODIs, starting Friday in Auckland. While Pandya will head back home, Shikhar Dhawa will take charge of the team with Rishabh Pant being his deputy.