Suryakumar Yadav was the star of the show in the third T20I of the five-match series against West Indies as he smashed 76 to help India chase down 165 with seven wickets and an over to spare. After the win, Hardik Pandya addressed a press conference where he spoke about Suryakumar’s brilliance and how the team finds more balance when he bowls his full quota of four overs.
“Surya is an exceptional player, when he starts playing some shots, you are just in awe. A lot of credit goes to him, he has worked hard. He is getting late in his life but god is merciful Him and he are getting the maximum,” Hardik said.
In the match, Hardik returned with a spell of 1-19 in four overs, and this helped the visitors restrict West Indies to 164/5 in 20 overs.
“Obviously I have enjoyed bowling whenever I have bowled. I have mentioned this many times before, which is why I felt I should take some time out to come my bowling because I have realized That gives a lot of balance to the team and confidence to the captain when I bowl. Yes, I used to bowl earlier, if no one is bowling I used to be filler. I can proudly say that now I am third or so. Can bowl four overs as fourth fast bowler. I can contribute as much as I do with the bat.
“I am grateful, I have always thought that hard work is the key to your comeback. No matter the difficulties, you always move forward and if you work hard you get what you deserve. Last World Cup It was different, this World Cup will be different. I have always maintained balance in my life, if I do well, I will smile and if I do not do well, the same reaction will be there.”
Talking about being the vice-captain of India’s T20 team for the series against West Indies, Hardik said: “Obviously, it’s a great privilege to be the vice-captain. Rohit gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom which is his strength. Well as here, a lot of credit goes to him and Rahul Dravid for the way he has brought the team together and for making sure that a lot of positive mindset comes in. The players are feeling safe. , they are not looking over their shoulders.”
“They are getting enough chances and if they are not playing they are being told. It is something that is commendable. I have always enjoyed the responsibility and it has added a little bit of flair to my game. If I think more, it adds up. More for my cricket,” he said.
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