India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been in the top form and became the first Indian cricketer to score a fifty and scalp a four-wicket haul in a T20I match. Hardik achieved the feat in the first T20I against England at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Thursday to help India register a convincing 50-run win and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
While the team displayed a near-perfect show with bat and ball in the first T20I, the situation might be tough from the next match when seniors Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja will return to the scheme of things as well.
“Sir wo toh pata nahi, wo toh management ka hi kaam hai. Main toh bas India ka ek all-rounder ki tarha khelta hu. mereko jo bolte hai wo main karta hu. aur usse zyada dimagh lagata nahi. (Sir, I don’t know much about management’s thinking. I’m just playing as an all-rounder. I do as the management says without thinking much.),” Hardik Pandya said when asked about the headache the Indian think tank will face ahead of the second match.
“I will give equal importance to my batting and bowling today. That 50 was important as well because we had lost wickets, but we maintained the momentum and we reached a good score. But the bowling bit will take more credit because that spell brought us in the game and made it difficult for England to stay in the game,” he added.
Hardik Pandya also said that he is not thinking much about his future and only focusing on his next game for Team India.
“This is a white-ball season in a way. There are a couple of world cups coming so for me, it would be better if I can play as kuch white-ball as possible when the opportunity comes to play Tests then definitely but right now the focus is to play as many matches that come my and perform my 100% in those. If I can’t then I will go out, I won’t anybody’s place. For me, it was simple, what my team required and doing what I know. I believe the hard work pays off, my point is to prepare well, but the result is not in my control. Right now, all is coming off, today is a good day, and tomorrow might be bad. So, you don’t know, it is all about working hard, life goes on,” Hardik Pandya concluded.