India vs England: ‘Finetuning My Action, Coping Really Well’ – Hardik Pandya on His Bowling
One of the biggest positives for India from the recently concluded Twenty20 International series against England, which they won 3-2, was Hardik Pandya’s bowling. The allrounder was trusted to bowl four overs in each match and he delivered more often than not to give India more flexibility in the World Cup year. Hardik had suffered a back injury in 2019 and had not bowled for a major part of the season going into the series.
Hardik said he has been finetuning his action and coping well.
“I have been working on fine-tuning my action, but at the end of the day, you are thinking of what kind of delivery you want to bowl, It’s slightly difficult but I am coping really well. When I bat I think as a batsman and when I bowl I think as a bowler,” he told Star Sports.
“Looking at the World Cup, in this series we wanted to try out a few things and also to break the jinx of batting first and winning, feels really great. The wicket allowed us to use more variations and make sure that the batsmen are not getting anything in their zone.”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli had expressed his desire to open the batting in the lead up to the World Cup.
“Yes, I’m going to open in the IPL as well. Have batted in different positions in the past but we do have a solid middle order now – it’s about the two best players getting maximum no of balls in T20 cricket. I’d like to partner Rohit at the top and the other guys feel confident when one of us are in. I’d like that to continue,” he said at the post match presentation.
Kohli said the win in the final T20I was a complete performance and said it’s dangerous for oppositions if Rohit Sharma continues to bat that way.
“I think it was a complete game for us and we outplayed the opposition even with so much dew coming in, like the last game we defended a total again. The fact that Rishabh and Shreyas didn’t even come to bat and that we got to 230 was a testimony to the batting performance and what we can do when we get going together.
“What I liked was how we were positive in our intent and we wanted to take the game forward. Tonight it was classic Rohit Sharma and if plays more freely like that insetad of worrying about batting till the 15th over, it’s going to be tough for the opposition.
“And then Suryakumar Yadav counter attacking and taking the game even further away, and Hardik in the end – I enjoyed the partnerships.”