- Oct 4, 2023
- Oct 18, 2022
India allrounder Hardik Pandya feels that the Indian Cricket Board has given the players enough time to practice ahead of the 20-20 World Cup 2022. India played two practice games against Western Australia at Perth where they won a game and lost one and in their first warm game against Australia, they won a close encounter by 6 runs.
Hardik Pandya said that the players had enough time on their hands to get used to the conditions and the weather patterns 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 said in a video uploaded on the Indian Cricket Board’s official website.
The 29-year-old was happy with how things were shaping up for him in the practice matches. He scored 44 runs in two games against Western Australia and two runs against the Aussies. The biggest concern for him was that he had not been amongst the wickets in the games. “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,” Pandya further said. He added that if the team is off to a good start in the early stages of the tournament it will help the side to get on a roll and exploit the conditions available to the fullest.
“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.