Hardik Pandya sounds confident ahead of South Africa series, believes he has done something nice for the team

Ahead of South Africa series, Hardik Pandya opens up about the importance of keeping himself fit and the backing he has received from Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli
Hardik Pandya sounds confident ahead of South Africa series, believes he has done something nice for the teamHardik Pandya sounds confident ahead of South Africa series, believes he has done something nice for the team
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After missing out on the West Indies tour due to a back niggle, Hardik Pandya would be up and running when his side takes on South Africa in the first of the three match T20I series at Dharamsala on September 15. Baroda played a vital role in helping India reach the semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2019. He scored 226 runs and took 10 wickets from 9 World Cup matches.

On the semifinal loss against New Zealand, Pandya said, "It was difficult and we all felt the same pain, but life moves on. I would have been more upset if we as a team hadn't done justice to our performance. I think as a team we played as champions except for those 30 minutes. I thought we played outstandingly and everyone was contributing and looking to excel. It is just how it is at the knockout stage. We have kind of moved on and we want to focus on the next World Cup and win that."

The ICC World T20 will be played in Australia next year.

Hardik Pandya also revealed the importance of keeping himself fit for longer periods.

"It is a little difficult because the thing I do as a batsman is then replicated as a bowler. So, I bowl the same amount of balls that a bowler bowls and then I bat for as long as a batsman will help keep my game on point. That is why it is important for me to be super fit and that I am improving my fitness all the time. It has not been easy till now and I have to manage my workload at all times."

He also felt that the backing from Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli is immense and that gives him the confidence to go out and perform to his fullest potential.

"When someone like your captain and coach backs you, the confidence increases and you look to express yourself and that brings out the best in you. I have always made sure that I understand the situation and then enjoy myself. Enjoying the game decreases the pressure. I have confidence in myself so there is no question of pressure. The captain and coach expect me to do well and that gives me confidence because that means I have done something nice in my short career. It is always important to go out and enjoy yourself because at the end of the day it is a sport and I love the sport."

The first T20I will be played at Dharamsala on September 15.

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