I am a turtle proper now, not the rabbit

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya stated on Saturday (July 29) that he is on the lookout for turtle-like regular progress to enhance his health in preparation for the 2023 World Cup.

Pandya has been combating again points since 2018. After not bowling for months, he now takes up just a few overs each match however hardly ever will increase his workload to pre-injury ranges. The best-hander bowled all 4 of his overs solely as soon as in 16 IPL 2023 matches, three overs within the first ODI towards West Indies and 6.4 within the second.

“(My) physique is ok,” Pandya stated after India’s six-wicket defeat to West Indies in Barbados. “I’ve to bowl extra overs and get my workload up for the World Cup. I am a turtle proper now, not the rabbit, and hoping every part goes proper because the World Cup comes on.”

Pandya returning to bowling health is essential for Rohit Sharma’s group. Even when he provides seven to eight overs each match, it permits India to go along with 4 specialist bowlers (and even three) plus Ravindra Jadeja, as an alternative of 5 specialist bowlers.

The latter mixture compromises batting, because it did towards West Indies (Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had been rested and India went with Sanju Samson and Axar Patel) within the second ODI the place India bought all out for 181 and misplaced by six wickets.

“We did not bat the best way we had been presupposed to” – Hardik Pandya

Hardik, who led the group in Rohit’s absence, stated his group misplaced as a result of they did not bat how they had been “presupposed to”.

“We did not bat the best way we had been presupposed to,” Hardik admitted. “The wicket was higher than it was within the first sport. Everybody barring Shubman Gill hit (in direction of the) fielders and bought out. Disappointing, however there are lots of issues to study.

“The way in which our openers batted, particularly Ishan (Kishan) who struck it effectively, it’s good for India. Shardul (Thakur) bought us again in along with his bowling. (Shai) Hope and (Keacy) Carty batted effectively and bought them by way of.”

India and West Indies will play the third ODI on the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad, on August 1.

Edited by
Sudeshna Banerjee

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