‘We Don’t Need to Sledge Them, Body Language is Enough’: Hardik Pandya Prior To Sri Lanka Series
By SMCS - Jan 3, 2023 2:00 pm
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India will begin their home season with a series of limited-overs games starting with 3 T20Is against Sri Lanka. It will be the first time that these two teams will meet since Sri Lanka beat India in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup 2022. Hardik Pandya, who led India in a couple of bilateral T20I recently, said that his team isn’t looking to ‘settle’ scores but claimed that Sri Lanka will feel intimidated by seeing their body language and no need to sledge as well.

R Ashwin
Hardik Pandya and R Ashwin

“We’re not looking to ‘settle’ anything,” Hardik Pandya told reporters on Monday. “We want to play good cricket. Yes, we will make them feel like we’re in India, don’t worry about that. I assure and promise you they will feel that they’re playing an international team, that too India in India. We’re going to be clear. We don’t need to go and sledge them. Our body language is enough for them to feel a little intimidated.”

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However, Pandya defended India’s approach in the T20 World Cup last year which saw them lose to now-winners England in the semifinal stage.

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Hardik Pandya dismissed Haider Ali

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“You see, before the World Cup, I don’t think we did anything wrong. Our template, approach, everything was the same. Yes, in the World Cup, things didn’t go how we wanted. And I think our approach was not what it was before the World Cup. What we have noticed and told the boys is that just go out there and express (yourself), which they will do. And it’s up to us how we back them. What we have said is that we’re going to back you to the core. All the players have that support from my side that I’m going to back them to the core. The biggest new year resolution is to win the World Cup. Going forward there is a lot to achieve. I have not achieved anything. There will be multiple World Cups in multiple years, so the goal always will be to win the World Cup,” Hardik Pandya concluded.