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‘Yeah, why not?’ Hardik Pandya opens to full-time captaincy role

Hardik Pandya struck gold in his debut season as captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, he then led India to a 2-0 series win against Ireland, and now on Sunday in the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, he led India to a thumping 88-run win on the back of a superb performance by their spinners in Lauderhill, Florida on to complete a 4-1 series win. In the post-match presentation, Hardik, who led the Gujarat Titans to the IPL title in the side’s and his debut season earlier this year, admits that he is open to the full-time captaincy role. What a lovely series win 🇮🇳 Well done to this wonderful team 👏🏾🔝 pic.twitter.com/v4EsPHlBvQ — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 7, 2022 “Yeah, why not? “If given a chance, I’ll be more than happy to do it. But for now, we have a W...
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Hardik Pandya open to full-time captaincy role | Cricket News – Times of India

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said he is open to assuming the captaincy on a full-time basis after leading the side to a comprehensive victory in the final match of their Twenty20 series against West Indies. India, who rested regular skipper Rohit Sharma, cruised to an 88-run win on the back of a superb performance by their spinners in Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday to a complete a 4-1 series win. Pandya said it was a "very special feeling" to captain India and when asked whether he was keen on the role in the future, the 28-year-old added: "Yeah, why not? "If given a chance, I'll be more than happy to do it. But for now, we have a World Cup coming, it's about getting better as a team." Pandya is no stranger to leadership roles, captaining the Gujarat Titans to the Indian Premier Leagu...
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India vs West Indies, 5th T20I Highlights: Shreyas Iyer, spinners complete 4-1 Windies rout as India win final game by 88 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

LAUDERHILL: Shreyas Iyer roared back to form with a stroke-filled 64 while the spinners picked up all the 10 wickets as India recorded yet another one-sided 88-run victory over West Indies to wrap up the five-match T20 International series by a comprehensive 4-1 margin here. It was Iyer's half-century and useful contributions from Deepak Hooda (38 off 25 balls) and stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya's (28 off 16 balls) cameo that propelled India to 188 for 7 in 20 overs after being put in to bat. Then, Pandya handed the new ball to Axar Patel (3-1-15-3), who quickly removed makeshift opener Jason Holder (0), Shamarah Brooks (13) and Devon Thomas (10) with three arm balls on a track where balls stopped and gripped off the surface. All 10 wickets to spinners as India thump West Indies 💥Watch ...
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WI vs Ind fifth T20I | Shreyas Iyer shines as India pile up competitive total against West Indies

Stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya (28 off 16 balls) played a nice little cameo to beef up the score in the end Stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya (28 off 16 balls) played a nice little cameo to beef up the score in the end Shreyas Iyer released the pressure piling up on him with a blistering 40-ball 64 as the Indian team, even without its regular top-order, scored a commanding 188 for seven against West Indies in the fifth T20 International, in Lauderhill on August 7, 2022. Stand-in skipper Hardik Pandya (28 off 16 balls) played a nice little cameo to beef up the score in the end with 18 runs coming off the penultimate over bowled by Jason Holder. Due to lightning in the vicinity of the stadium, the match was halted for 15 minutes after 14.3 overs, when India were nicely placed at 135 for th...
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Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid ensured increased security and freedom for players: Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

BASSETERRE: India skipper Rohit Sharma wants the team to step away from what it had been doing for the past five-six years and has given the players security and freedom to express themselves, said star all-rounder Hardik Pandya. "Ro (Rohit Sharma) gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom which is his strength throughout his captaincy stint whenever I have played with him," Pandya said after India's seven-wicket win in the third T20I. "A lot of credit goes to him and Rahul Dravid the way they have got the team together and making sure a lot of positive mindset comes in and players are feeling secure; they are not looking over their shoulder; making sure they are getting ample chances; they are getting told as well if they are not playing, and that is something which is commendable." I...
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I can now bowl four overs as third or fourth seamer, says Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya has declared that he can now bowl four overs in T20Is as the “third or fourth seamer” instead of only performing a part-time role with the ball. The all-rounder has sent down 26 overs in ten T20I innings since his comeback to the India side in June, and was the most economical bowler in the third T20I against West Indies in St Kitts on Tuesday, conceding just 19 runs in four overs for the wicket of opener Brandon King. Pandya has achieved a major turnaround from the 2021 T20 World Cup, in which he bowled just four overs in five games and played almost as a specialist batsman. “I have always enjoyed bowling whenever I was bowling. That was the reason I had felt I should take some time off so that my bowling comes in. I have realised that when I bowl it gives a lot of balanc...
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Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid have given India players more freedom and security, says Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, the India vice-captain for the ongoing West Indies T20I series, has credited skipper Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid for ensuring increased freedom, security and communication for the players, who are now “not looking over their shoulder.” Hardik Pandya added that Rohit Sharma wants the side to go away from what it had been doing for the past five-six years, under former captain Virat Kohli, and that is evident in their consistently aggressive batting approach after the 2021 T20 World Cup. “Ro gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom which is his strength throughout his captaincy stint whenever I have played with him,” Hardik Pandya said after India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series with a seven-wicket win in St Kitts. “Here as well, a lot of credit goes...
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Asia Cup T20: India meet Pakistan on August 28, minimum two games assured between arch-rivals | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India will start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20 here on August 28, Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president Jay Shah announced on Tuesday. The squad that India will choose for the Asia Cup will effectively be the core group that will compete in the T20 World Cup in Australia unless there are injury related pull-outs. BCCI secretary Shah, who also heads the continental body released the fixture of the tournament, which has been shifted out of Sri Lanka due to prevailing political and economic crisis in the island nation. "The wait is finally over as the battle for Asian supremacy commences on 27th August with the all-important final on 11th September. The 15th edition of the Asia Cup will serve as ideal preparation ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup," Sha...
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Jasprit Bumrah drops to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah dropped to second among bowlers while Hardik Pandya rose a whopping 13 places to eighth in the all-rounders' list after his strong show against England in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Wednesday. While India clinched a narrow 2-1 triumph in what was a thrilling ODI series, star pacer Bumrah was forced to miss the final match owing to back spasms, which cost him his top spot. New Zealand quick Trent Boult reclaimed the top spot with 704 rating points as against Bumrah's 703. A new No.1!A busy week in ODI cricket has led to a number of changes in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Men's Player Rankings.Details 👇— ICC (@ICC) 1658305857000Among other Indians, Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked seven wickets during the ODI series against England, jumped four s...
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Jasprit Bumrah drops to 2nd in ICC ODI rankings

India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah dropped to second among bowlers while Hardik Pandya rose a whopping 13 places to eighth in the all-rounders’ list after his strong show against England in the latest ICC ODI rankings issued on Wednesday. While India clinched a narrow 2-1 triumph in what was a thrilling ODI series, star pacer Bumrah was forced to miss the final match owing to back spasms, which cost him his top spot. New Zealand quick Trent Boult reclaimed the top spot with 704 rating points as against Bumrah’s 703 Among other Indians, Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked seven wickets during the ODI series against England, jumped four spots to 16th. Pandya was rewarded with for his impressive show with bat and ball against England. He took six scalps and made a total of 100 runs. He also jump...
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I am surprised with Hardik Pandya’s transformation: Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar is mighty quite surprised with Hardik Pandya's transformation from just being a hard-hitting batter to emerging as one of the best all-rounders in the world who is also capable of leading teams. Pandya recently guided Gujarat Titans to IPL glory by leading from the front and showed his captaincy and all-round skills in ample measure during the white-ball series against Ireland. He then played crucial roles in India defeating the Jos Buttler-led England to clinch the T20I and ODI series. Manjrekar indicated that Gujarat Titans might have taken a huge risk by making Pandya skipper of the new IPL franchise, but the all-rounder has been a revelation, as he has not just marshalled his boys on the field, he has also played handy knocks and taken...
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Rishabh Pant turns Munna Bhaiya of web series ‘Mirzapur’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After smashing a match-winning ton in the third and final ODI against England, India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant showcased a completely different side of himself. Taking to Twitter, Pant posted a picture of himself, donning a dapper look with a gold chain, standing beside a chair and captioned it with a famous dialogue from the web series, Mirzapur. "Aur hum ek naya niyam add kar rahe hain, Mirzapur ki gaddi pe baithne wala kabhi bhi niyam badal sakta hai - Munna Bhaiya," tweeted Rishabh Pant. Aur hum ek naya niyam add kar rahe hain, Mirzapur ki gaddi pe baithne wala kabhi bhi niyam badal sakta hai – Munna… https://t.co/OEVmrRZ4dj— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) 1658227427000The tweet by Pant took the internet by storm as many fans got totally amazed after seeing such a q...
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Hardik Pandya’s journey: Reckless to priceless | Cricket News – Times of India

Improved fitness has helped Pandya bowl at sharp pace and new-found ability to mentor a precocious talent like Pant during a tricky chase adds to his CVThroughout the first few years of his international career, Hardik Pandya was unfairly compared to legendary allrounder Kapil Dev. However, even India's World Cup-winning captain would be proud of what Pandya achieved with the bat and ball to play a massive role in the magnificent five-wicket win over World Champions England in the final ODI at Old Trafford on Sunday. Realizing that he needed to step up as the fourth medium-pacer/fifth bowler after India lost their No 1 pacer Jasprit Bumrah to back spasms, Pandya, exploiting the bounce on the rock-hard surface, made the short ball his 'WMD', returning career-best figures of 7-3-24-4, wit...
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Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya heroics mask India’s batting frailties

With the gift of timing, Sourav Ganguly was quick to congratulate the Indian team after their 2-1 ODI series win against England. “Super performance in england ..not easy in their country ..2-2 test .win in T20 and one days..well done dravid ,rohit sharma,ravi shastri,virat kohli @bcci ..pant just special..so is pandu ..,” tweeted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president. About 10 days back, after the tourists had lost at Edgbaston and squandered a gilt-edged opportunity to win the Test series in England, a member of the erstwhile support staff responded with a folded hands emoji on WhatsApp to the observation that India probably would have won the fifth Test under Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, after dominating the game for the first three days. As England bounced back...
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India consolidate third spot in ICC ODI Rankings after winning series in England | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India have consolidated their third spot in the latest ICC ODI Team Rankings after the away series victory over England. Rishabh Pant's maiden ODI century and Hardik Pandya's all-round heroics fired India to an emphatic five-wicket win over England in the third ODI, helping the visitors seal the series 2-1. With a rating of 109 points, India are three rating points clear of Pakistan (106) in the list. New Zealand continue to reign supreme at the top of the table with 128 rating points, while England are second with 121. However, there may be a change in the charts in the coming weeks as sixth-placed South Africa, currently only seven rating points behind Pakistan, could rise to fourth if they can sweep their upcoming three-match series against England. India could stretch the...
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India vs England 2022: I try to outsmart the batter, says Hardik Pandya on his return to bowling at his best | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Hardik Pandya, the bowler, feels he has finally got his rhythm back and going forward, the India star will continue to be 'smart' about his job and bowl at full pace only when 'required'. Not being able to bowl regularly due to fitness issues had cost Hardik his place in the Indian team but he made a roaring comeback with the IPL. More recently, he was at his absolute best with bat and ball in the white-ball series in England. His ability with the bat was never in doubt but he has turned heads with his brilliant bowling performances against England. The 28-year-old took career-best figures, 4/33 and 4/24, in the T20 and ODI series. The standout figures in the 50-over format came on Sunday when he bowled at good pace before making a match winning contribution with the bat...
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“Match toh finish kar, then enjoy” (Finish the game first!),” Hardik Pandya reveals what he told Rishabh Pant

Hardik Pandya was jabbering through the partnership. So was Rishabh Pant. At times, they would gesture at each other too. What were the two most exciting middle-order batsmen in world cricket talking about after India had lost four wickets in the chase? “I was just repeating the same thing and even told him that I am repeating it too much!” Hardik Pandya would tell at the end of a fabulous partnership that helped India seal the ODI series against England. What was it though? “Let’s have a partnership, take the match as close as possible, and finish the match.If you then want to enjoy (Pandya smiles), enjoy (“phir tujhe enjoy karna hai to kar le”). Match toh close kar! (Finish the match first!),” Pandya revealed. “And then he opened up (later on in the innings). Everyone knows when Ri...
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India vs England 2022: ‘Fearless, brilliant, fantastic’ – Jos Buttler in awe of Rishabh Pant | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Following his side's crushing five-wicket defeat against India in the third ODI, England's white-ball captain Jos Buttler was in awe of Rishabh Pant for his explosive century against the hosts, calling the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman 'fearless' and great to watch in all formats. A blistering 125 not out off 113 balls by Pant, followed by Hardik Pandya's 55-ball 71 while chasing 260 to win guided the visitors to a five-wicket victory in the series-deciding third ODI in Manchester on Sunday. "Rishabh is a fantastic player. What sets him apart from other players, I think, is his mentality. Rishabh is a fearless cricketer and a fantastic talent," said Buttler in the post-match press conference. "He's brilliant across all formats and great to watch. I think he gets great backing ...
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India vs England 2022: Hardik Pandya proud to fill Jasprit Bumrah’s shoes as India win ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Hardik Pandya was glad to help fill the "very big shoes" of Jasprit Bumrah after starring with both bat and ball during India's series-clinching win over England. Back spasms meant strike bowler Bumrah was ruled out of Sunday's third and deciding one-day international at Old Trafford. But after replacement Mohammed Siraj rocked England with a double-wicket maiden in his first over, medium-pacer Hardik took an ODI best 4-24 as the hosts were dismissed for 259. Hardik, 28, followed up with a fine 71 and shared a decisive partnership of 133 in 19 overs with Rishabh Pant after India had collapsed to 72-4 in the face of another fine new-ball spell by Reece Topley. Victory, completed with more than seven overs to spare, gave India a 2-1 series success after they won the preceding ...
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India vs England, 3rd ODI: Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya power India to series victory against England | Cricket News – Times of India

Rishabh's maiden ODI ton, Hardik's all-round show help visitors clinch third ODI and the series 2-1It's a win which will be cherished by Team India fans for ages. It's a century which will be celebrated for years to come. It's a partnership which will be rated amongst the best in Indian ODI cricket history. AS IT HAPPENEDRishabh Pant ended India's 2022 England tour like he began. Except that while his 146 & 57 failed to prevent India from defeat in the fifth Test at Edgbaston, the 24-year-old's brilliant, unfinished 125 (113b, 16x4, 2x6), along with Hardik Pandya's outstanding allround show (71, 55b, 10x4, and 4-24 in seven overs) helped the Men-in-Blue pull off a heist, as they beat England by five wickets, with 47 balls to spare, in the third and deciding ODI at Old Trafford in Ma...