Hardik Pandya said that the Indian team has got enough time to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia. The Men in Blue have already played three warm-up matches in Brisbane and Perth.
I managed to middle almost everything: Hardik happy with approach in T20 WC warm-ups. Courtesy: Reuters
By India Today Web Desk: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya reckoned that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had given its team enough time to practice before the T20 World Cup 2022. India have already played three warm-up matches against Western Australia XI and Australia and came up trumps in all of them.
The 29-year-old Hardik said that the Indian players have been given adequate time to get used to the playing conditions and weather in Australia.
“I was always excited to come to Australia and get so much time to prepare because I have always felt that as an individual, if I get the right situations and conditions to practise, you can’t ask for a better scenario for me or the whole team to come here and spend 17 days before the World Cup starts and get used to the conditions, atmosphere and weather,” Hardik was quoted as saying in a video uploaded on BCCI’s official website.
The Gujarat-born Hardik also said that he was pretty satisfied with how he has batted in the warm-up matches thus far. Hardik scored 44 runs against Western Australia and two against the Aussies on Monday at the Gabba in Brisbane. However, he is yet to pick up a wicket.
“If you see it on the high-end side, it was a satisfactory day. It’s not about the runs I scored, it was about my approach towards the game, how I adapted to the situation. I played 21 odd balls and I managed to middle almost everything. That was more positive in the practice games.”
Hardik was of the opinion that if one can strike form early in the tournament, then one has a better chance of exploiting the conditions to one’s advantage.
“There was a very good point made by one of the players, that in Australia, it’s about one inning. If you can get the inning early in the season, once you get used to the conditions, you can score a lot of runs. And it’s the same for a fast bowler,” Hardik added.
India’s second warm-up match is against Kane Williamson’s New Zealand on Wednesday, October 19 at the same venue in Brisbane.