Hardik Pandya, a star all-rounder for India, has stated that his objective for the rest of the season is to take a catch that would go down as one of his greatest. He wants to be excellent in the fielding area of the game. I was always a natural fielder, but I want to be exceptional. Now, I am able to spend some time on my skills and get those challenging catches. My goal this year is to grab a catch that might go down as one of my best ever. “God has been kind to me, my fitness has gone up. I am able to spend a lot of time on my fielding with our coach (T Dillip).
Pandya claimed he was always eager to visit Australia and spend a lot of time there prior to the T20 World Cup to get accustomed to the culture, weather, and other factors. When asked about his performance in the exhibition match against Western Australia, Pandya said he was happy with his knock of 27. “It was not about the runs, but rather about my approach towards the game and what the situation was like and how I adapted to it. I played 21 balls with the middle of the bat. It was positive from a practice game point of view,” he added. Pandya stated that playing that one inning can assist players become acclimated to the Australian conditions when speaking about batting. “If you can get that early in the season, early in the tournament, you can score a lot of runs after getting used to conditions. Also as a fast bowler, you can exploit the conditions after adapting to it,” he added.
Pandya has scored 78 runs at an average of 39.00 in three T20I innings he has played in Australia thus far, including a game-winning 42* off 22 balls against Australia in the second T20I of the three-match series back in 2020. In the six matches he has played in Australia, he has also grabbed three wickets. On October 19, India will play their final warm-up game against New Zealand. India is in Group 2 at the ICC competition alongside Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, and two qualifiers.