Site icon TechiAzi

IPL 2022: I’m a work in progress, focussing on controllables, says Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

IPL 2022: I’m a work in progress, focussing on controllables, says Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Injury-prone India all-rounder Hardik Pandya says he is still a “work in progress” and is focussing on the “controllables” as he gears up to lead Gujarat Titans in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning March 26.
The 28-year-old has been battling fitness concerns ever since injuring his back in 2019 and didn’t find a place in the Indian team for the last few series against New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka.
“I was just spending time with family, working hard as always. (I’m) making sure I prepare well. For me, it was a time of self-realising a lot, think about what I want and what will work for me going forward; and I got the answers during this time,” Hardik said in a video posted on the IPL website.

There was a lot of buzz when Pandya was named the captain of the Gujarat Titans after he was not retained by Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL mega auction in February.
“I don’t think it is going to be my comeback or I am focusing on it. For me, right now I just want to be in a positive mindset and I’m not looking way ahead. I am just focussing on things that are the controllables, which is looking after my body and making my team win,” he said.
“Eventually, if I do things right for Gujarat Titans in the IPL, then things will fall into places for future as well. I am just a work in progress right now but for me what will be important is that I will always be available for the players no matter what time and day. I want to give the players security and freedom.”

Pandya, who has been demoted from Grade A to C in the BCCI central contracts, had recently undergone a general assessment at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru where he bowled and also passed the ‘Yo-Yo’ Test comfortably.
“I am looking forward to this IPL because I have been away from the sport for quite a long time. For me it is very exciting. I will get to see where exactly I am after three months of hard work that I have put in behind the closed doors,” he said.
“Result doesn’t matter because I have learnt hard work doesn’t guarantee you success but right process will eventually get you success.”
Gujarat Titans will clash with fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants – led by KL Rahul – in their IPL 2022 opener on March 28.

“I’m quite happy with the team. It is a new team and to be honest, we are not here to prove anyone anything. We are here to play good cricket.
“We are here to make sure that the environment is right for the players to flourish in their own capacity. There’s no expectation as such. We are going to be a team that makes sure it keeps improving.”
Pandya, who made his first appearance in the IPL in 2015 for Mumbai Indians, expressed his gratitude to the five-time champions.
“I am very grateful to Mumbai Indians. I played international cricket because of Mumbai Indians. I have achieved a lot and it was close to my heart, but now I am looking forward to new opportunities,” he said.


Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Sports News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – The content will be deleted within 24 hours.
Exit mobile version