There is no doubt that Hardik Pandya has raced ahead of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant as for the next limited overs captaincy of India. Officially, KL Rahul is still the vice-captain, but if reports are to be believed, the disappointing showing of the lead-off batsman in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup has not only harmed his future captain but also cast doubt on his place in the shortest format of the game. Hardik, on the other hand, not only shines with bat and ball, but also as a leader. He led Gujarat Titans to IPL 2022 title and led India to series wins in Ireland and now New Zealand. This has prompted people like Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri to choose Hardik as the next T20I captain for India.
After India won the three match T20I series against New Zealand after the third T20I which ended in a draw via the DLS method, Hardik was asked how he sees the view of Sunil Gavaskar or Ravi Shastri who see in him as a leader for the long haul.
“Koi agar bol raha hai toh accha feel hota hai (When people say it makes you feel good) but until something officially happens, you can’t say,” Pandya said at Tuesday’s post-match press conference.
“To be honest, my thing is simple: if I do one game or one series, I will lead the team in my way, how I see and perceive the game. When I get the chance, I will always go out and the game brand of cricket I know. As a unit we will show my brand. Whatever (captain) comes in the future, we will see,” said the Baroda player.
Flamboyant batsman Sanju Samson and speed trader Umran Malik lacked playing time during the series, but Pandya insisted there is “enough time” for everyone to get “enough chances” and a “long rope”.
“If it had been a bigger series and not three games we could have played them. But I don’t believe in chopping and changing in a short series and that will be my philosophy going forward,” he added.
But he understands that people don’t like sitting on the bench and that there needs to be candid conversations where both captain and player can express themselves. “It is not difficult to deal with the situation where players feel safe. I share a cordial understanding with all players and the players that I cannot choose, there is nothing personal and even they know it. It is because of the combination I can’t play them,” he said.
“I’m a people person and if anyone thinks otherwise, my doors are always open to come and chat with me. I understand their feelings. Sanju Samson is an unfortunate case. We had to play against him, but one way or another We couldn’t do that for any other strategic reason.” t play him,” he was candid in his admission.
The discussions, frank as they are, players missing something will undoubtedly feel bad and Pandya sympathizes with them.
“I can understand that if I’m in his shoes, that even if you’re constantly on the bench for India. It’s hard, no matter how much I talk to them, it’s no consolation not to play, but at the same time, if I’m the point and keep a healthy atmosphere, it’s fine.
“If players feel bad, they can come and talk to me or the coach. If I stay captain in the future, I don’t think it will be a problem. My behavior and nature make us close.” unit.