Hardik Pandya applauds management for providing numerous opportunities to young players
Since former Indian captain Rahul Dravid took over as head coach, the Indian team’s playing XI has witnessed many changes. While many cricket pundits have questioned his rotation practices, star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has praised the head coach for establishing trust and security in the players.
For the ODI series, the team management rested veteran players including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammad Shami. While the Indian captain returned for the T20I series, the others were granted more time off with the Asia Cup coming up later this month. Arshdeep Singh has thrived in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and is beginning to establish a bid for a spot in the side for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.
Hardik praised head coach Dravid and captain Rohit for keeping the team together and creating a safe environment in the dressing room, as the players are informed about their playing opportunities ahead of time, and they no longer have to look over their shoulders with so many opportunities coming their way.
Hardik, who is filling in for the Indian captain in the Caribbean T20I series, seems unfazed by the responsibility. Instead, he believes that duties bring more zing to his game as he considers new ways to contribute to the squad.