India’s replacement captain for the New Zealand series, Hardik Pandya, gave a stylish reply to former England captain Michael Vaughan, who criticized Team India’s approach in white-ball cricket, calling them the ‘biggest under-performing’ team in the history of world cricket. . Vaughan’s comments came after India were knocked out of the T20 World Cup semi-finals after a confident 10-wicket defeat to eventual champions England. “India is the worst performing whiteball team in history. I am amazed at how they play T20 cricket because of the talent they have. They have the players but just don’t have the right process. They have to go for why do they care the opposing bowlers the first five overs to sleep in?” Vaughan wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph slamming India’s top spot for scoring only about 6 runs per over in the power play. Out of all the participating teams in this T20 World Cup, only the UAE had a worse run rate than India in the power play.
Hardik, who will lead India in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand – India’s first assignment after the World Cup – from November 18, was asked about Vaughan’s comments and the all-rounder said they did not need to prove that everyone, but there is definitely room for improvement. “Obviously if you don’t get it right, people will have their opinions, which we respect. I understand that people have different points of view. Because we are on an international level, I don’t think we have to prove anything to anyone. is a sport, you keep trying to get better and eventually it will happen when the result should happen. There are things we need to work on, in the future we will rectify this and work on it,” Hardik said on Wednesday.
“There is a disappointment about the T20 World Cup, but we are professionals. We have to deal with it as we deal with our success and move forward, try to get better and right the mistakes we made,” he added.
Regular captain Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul and talisman Virat Kohli are rested from the New Zealand tour. Many believe that the transition phase of the Indian team has already begun, especially in the shortest format of the game.
“Head boys are not here, but the talent we have… The players who are already here have been playing for India for a year and a half now, so they’ve had plenty of time in international cricket to express themselves. Very excited for them, new guys, new group, new energy, so it’s going to be quite exciting,” said Hardik, who was one of India’s best players with both bat and ball and was also named as the 12th man in ICC’s team of the tournament.
Players like Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Deepak Hooda are likely to get a chance in these matches against New Zealand.
“The next T20 World Cup is in two years if I’m not mistaken, so we have time. Until then there will be a lot of cricket, a lot of people will have plenty of opportunities. The roadmap starts now, but it’s moving fast ( We’re going sit down and start having those conversations. Right now it’s about letting the boys enjoy it, it’s a beautiful country to play cricket in, we’ll talk about the future later,” said Hardik.