Indian versatile Hardik Pandya has revealed that he was a versatile player of a batsman, was a mere luck and bowled just a year before joining the Indian team.
Pandya made its debut for India in January 2016 Australia in the first T20I match and was also used by the selectors to play at home for the 2016 World Cup.
Before I played for India, I bowled only one year: Hardik Pandya
Since then, the Mumbai Indians’ star player has been India’s number 1 versatile player in white ball cricket and has also changed many matches for the team from a losing point. Pandya said he happened to be a versatile player and would bat at No. 3 in the U19 team.
“I happened to be a versatile player. It was pure luck. The transition took place when I was 19 years old. Before I played for India, I bowled for only a year. When I started bowling, I helped my U19 bowlers because they were tired of bowling so much. I was a batsman who used to bat at number 3. I also borrowed their shoes because I did not have fast bowling shoes, ”Pandya told Hindustan Times’ virtual HT NxT.
‘Sharath Kumar, sir, watched our U19 practice from about 200 meters. The next day we come to watch our local game, where I played for Kiran More Academy. It was a green top and no fast bowler was available. I borrowed someone’s shoes and got a five-in in the game. That’s why I happen to say it’s happiness. Sharath, sir, then took me on the Ranji Trophy team for a month. Before that I did not bowl, “he added.
I have always focused on contributing to all divisions: Hardik Pandya
The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced a group of 15 members for the mega-event to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month. Hardik Pandya was included along with Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel as the team’s versatile team.
India’s national selector, Chetan Sharma, said Pandya is fit and available to achieve his full quota in the tournament. Pandya said he did his best to contribute in each division and that he has to work a lot on his bowling.
‘I end up not looking at the result, for me it’s more about the process. As an all-rounder, I have always focused on contributing to all divisions. I had to work a lot on my bowling. When I came in, I had little idea what balls to bake, what variations to have in the armory. I started with the basics. “I worked on my accuracy, bowled at a good length, and over time I was also able to learn the variations,” said Pandya.
Pandya scored 484 runs from 49 games in T20Is and scored 42 wickets in the shortest format.