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Hardik Pandya: “Body Feeling Better with Every Match” as he Adjusts to ODI Bowling

India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya has expressed his satisfaction with his performance in the second ODI against New Zealand, stating that he is feeling better with every match and is getting used to bowling in ODIs again. The 29-year-old put in an impressive spell at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on January 21st, taking two wickets for just 16 runs from his six overs.

Hardik’s acrobatic one-handed return catch to dismiss Devon Conway was a highlight of the match, helping India bowl out New Zealand for just 108 runs. After his excellent spell, Hardik said that his body is feeling better and everything is coming on nicely and timely.

“A brilliant day to be honest, we used the wicket rightly and everything went well for us. That wasn’t bad at all (on the return catch). I am just getting used to bowling in ODIs again, my body is feeling better with every match, it’s coming on nicely and timely as well,” Hardik Pandya told broadcasters during the mid-innings break.

Other Indian bowlers also performed well, with Mohammed Shami taking three wickets for 18 and Washington Sundar getting two for seven. The pitch provided a lot of turn on the ball in powerplay overs, causing New Zealand’s top order to collapse. Hardik added that the Indian bowlers hit the right areas and kept testing the batters.

“We hit the right areas, kept testing the batters, one of those days when the edges went to the fielders and we grabbed the catches. This isn’t a 108-run wicket, but we took all our chances, Let the batters decide on how to bat, at the end of the day, it’s their call on how to chase this down,” Hardik added.