He has since captained India’s T20I side whenever Rohit Sharma was unavailable – in eight T20Is, India have won six, drawn one and lost one.
“I had also never managed in junior cricket. When I was in Under-16s I had managed Baroda. After that everyone thought I should concentrate on my cricket, and I hadn’t managed since,” said Hardik after India won . T20I series decider against Sri Lanka in Rajkot on Saturday. “But what has been very important from a Gujarat point of view is the kind of coach I have worked with. Ashish Nehra has made a big difference in my life. We may be two different personalities, but when it comes to cricket, our mentality is and thoughts that too.” very similar.
“Being with him added more value to my captaincy. I was always aware of the game, but it was about getting that assurance. It was about leaning on what I always knew, so it has definitely helped me.”
Tripathi steals the show in the power play
After India opted to bat, Dilshan Madushanka found swing and bounce with the new ball, and dismissed Ishan Kishan in the opening of the game. From the other side, Kasun Rajitha threw a girl at Shubman Gill. But Tripathi, only playing his second T20I, counter-attacked and smashed 35 off 16 balls using five fours and two sixes. He saw India finish the power play 53 for 2 despite Gill being on 14 from 17 balls.
Hardik also touched on the team’s overall hitting philosophy. “It’s about the intent, we’ve talked about that,” he said. “There may come a day when we do the same and only score 150 [India scored 228 for 5]. But what’s important is the intent. It’s not always about being aggressive in terms of hitting. You look for a boundary and if it’s a good ball, you respect that ball. But when you aim for it first, you think defensively. Then, even if there’s a bad ball, you can’t put it away.
“A wicket like this doesn’t change much; it suited batsmen when the ball got a little old. But intention and aggression are more important on a tricky wicket. Because if you can do the same on a tricky wicket, the bowler can feel have that he should try something else, whereas if you play normally he might just come and bowl. If we do [show intent]it makes a ten run difference, and at the end of the day those ten runs make a big difference when you look at the total in the match.