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Team India will play a certain way in T20Is – Hardik Pandya

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Cricket News: Not much time for experimentation in T20Is – Hardik Pandya | Hardik Pandya backs young guns to express themselves

India skipper Hardik Pandya is backing his young guns to unabashedly express themselves in the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Standing in as the captain in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Pandya reflected on the team’s approach in the build-up to last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

The team management’s widespread focus is set to shift to the ODI World Cup in India in 2023. However, the next T20 World Cup, which will be played in the Caribbean and the United States of America (USA), is only a year-and-a-half away from now.

Moreover, India will play only six T20Is prior to the commencement of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). Post that, the team will embark on a series of ODIs and the attention will shift back to T20Is only towards the end of 2023 or later. Pandya acknowledged these circumstances and asserted that there isn’t enough time to experiment with the team setup and their approach.

Looking to play a certain way in T20Is, which we will – Hardik Pandya

“You see, I think before the [T20] World Cup, I don’t think we did anything wrong. Our template, approach, everything was the same. Yes, in the World Cup, things did not go how we wanted. And I think our approach was not the same – 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 that how we back them,” the 29-year-old was quoted in a report by ESPNcricinfo.

He added, “Obviously, the plans are set. We are looking to play in a certain way, which we will. Before IPL only six games are there, so we don’t have much time to do a lot of things but going forward we will keep creating new plans and see which are the plans which are working for us. And going forward just make sure everyone gets ample opportunities and just that on the right time when needed just see what we need to do.”

India will square off against Dasun Shanaka’s Sri Lankan side for three T20Is on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at Mumbai, Pune and Rajkot respectively. The Indian side, led by Pandya with Suryakumar Yadav being his deputy, has numerous fresh faces in it amidst the absence of senior stars like Rohit, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul amongst others.

Pacers Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar, along with the likes of Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill can look forward to getting a look-in the T20I side in this series.

Tarkesh Jha
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