August 12, 2022
IND vs WI – 2022 – Basseterre

Having started his international career as a back-up bowling substitute, Hardik Pandya now believes that he can work as a frontline seamer. Apart from Arshdeep Singh, Hardik is the only Indian seamer to have bowled his full quota of four overs in each of the three T20Is in the Caribbean so far. On Tuesday, on a used-best pitch, Hardik handcuffed West Indies’ big hitters with a mix of slow bowlers and on-paced deliveries.

After India took a 2-1 lead in the series, Hardik said, “Obviously, I enjoyed the bowling. “I have mentioned again many times that is why I felt I should take some time out to ensure my bowling because I have realized that when I bowl, it gives a lot of balance to the side; it One gives the captain a lot of confidence.

“Yes, I used to bowl earlier. I used to be a filler in the middle when no one is bowling well. I can probably say that I can bowl four overs now as a third seamer or as a fourth seamer where I am. I can contribute as much as I do with the bat.”

When Hardik was introduced into the attack in the third T20I, West Indies were 32 for 0 in four overs, with Kyle Meyers dominating the opening exchanges. After seeing Meyers hit his on-pace short ball over midwicket with a strong wind, Hardik widened his lines, changed his pace more regularly, and challenged the batsmen to hit against the wind. Gave.
Hardik sent cartwheeling off Brandon King’s leg stump cartwheeling into the pitch with a slow offcutter and then beat Meyers three times in a row in the tenth over to take his cutter out of the left-hander’s reach with his sharp angle over the wicket. They finished with figures of 1 for 19, and after India’s seven-wicket win, even Meyers admitted that Hardik and India had made better use of the conditions than West Indies.

Hardik said, “For me, this is the approach I am following.” “I understood that if you enjoy life and live in a frame of mind where you are positive, then ultimately the outcome gets in your way. So, for me, it’s not about the outcome. It’s about that.” I’m thinking about how smart I am and how I make sure I use position and position.[s] Who is giving me something with bat or ball.”

India skipper Rohit Sharma was impressed with how Hardik and R Ashwin worked to keep Nicholas Pooran and other middle-order hitters under control in the middle overs.

“How did we bowl in the middle overs? [was pleasing]Rohit said. “I think it was very, very important because they were going to get such a big [opening] With the partnership and some of their experienced players batting in the middle and I felt we made really good use of the conditions. We used our variations very well and then with how we chased the runs, I thought it was quite clinical.”

‘Responsibility enhances my game’

Hardik said that being appointed the T20I vice-captain for the West Indies tour has taken his game to a new level. Earlier this year, he captained Gujarat Titans in his first season and then oversaw India’s 2-0 victory over a spirited Ireland side in Malahide.

“I have always enjoyed the responsibility and it has added to my game,” Hardik said. “Whenever I have taken the responsibility, it has brought some more flair to my game as it makes me think more and when I think more it adds more value to my cricket.”

Hardik also lauded Rohit for creating the team environment that gave players – even on the bench – safety, echoing Dinesh Karthik’s comments in the T20I series opener in Tarouba.

“Obviously, it’s great to have the opportunity to be the vice-captain,” Hardik said. “While the captain gives you a lot of flexibility and a lot of freedom, which is his strength during his captaincy, whenever I’ve played with him…and a lot of credit here also goes to him for how they got the team together. Creating and making sure that a lot of positive mindset comes in and at the same time players are feeling safe. They are not looking over their shoulder, making sure they are getting enough opportunities, and they are also being told If they’re not playing.”

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