After being named initially in the Test squad, it came as a surprise for everyone when Hardik Pandya was pulled off from the squad so that he stays from fatigue. Pandya has been playing regular cricket since the beginning of the year and he revealed that he himself asked for the rest. Pandya is going to play a major role in the South African tour and thus was rightly rested for Test series against Sri Lanka.
Pandya said that his body wasn’t ready for it and it demanded some rest. It is pivotal to manage the workload of a player especially if he is an all-rounder as Pandya has all the roles to play in the team. Pandya has been an integral part of the Indian team and plays in all three forms which can take a toll on any player.
It was imperative to cut out on Pandya’s workload
The Indian team plays continuous cricket throughout the year and thus it makes it imperative to rest crucial players at the right time. Pandya has played 30 out of 33 matches of the team across all the three forms of the game since the beginning of the Champions Trophy.
Pandya told CNN-News 18, “To be honest, I asked for it. My body wasn’t up to it, I was getting niggles because of the amount of cricket that I have played. I want to play cricket when I am totally up for it when I can give my 100 percent”.
Pandya said that he hasn’t played this much amount of cricket in a year as he has done this time. It is vital to make long-term plans and it is good that Pandya has received the much-needed break.
Pandya has been playing continuously.
The talisman all-rounder added, “I have not played this much cricket in my total cricketing career in such a short time. As an all-rounder, it’s difficult. I do my bowling, I do my batting, I do fielding as well, and managing my workload is very important right now because I have not played much cricket in my life”.
Would like to utilise the break.
Hardik added that he will look to utilise the break by working on his fitness. He said that he will be hitting the gym in this period to make the most of it. Pandya added, “I am lucky that I have got this break. I will train in the gym during this break and improve my fitness. I won’t lie, I am really excited about South Africa series. I would like to use this break to improve my fitness for the series”.
The Indian team performance has not been up to the mark in the foreign conditions and there is always a high expectation from Men in Blue whenever they tour abroad. The current Indian team has shown all the promise of a good show on the foreign soil and Pandya is hopeful that the team will fare out well in South Africa.
All the eyes on South African tour.
Pandya concluded, “People keep on talking about away series. People keep on talking about England tours, South Africa tours, Australia tours, which is important, which is hard. I like these kinds of challenges I keep on getting in my life. That keeps me going all the time. It may be an important thing for me, important to have an all-rounder who can contribute in bowling and batting both. I might be the difference, let’s see. I’ve never played in South Africa. I’m pretty sure we’re going to do well.”
Considering the workload on the stalwart all-rounder, it is a good move that has been taken by the BCCI. Pandya will like to make the most of the rest and come back even stronger than before.