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Keep the outside noise out: Hardik Pandya on India vs Pak game

Babar Azam rohit sharma

Team India’s vice-captain Hardik Pandya speaks about the India vs Pak game and Asia Cup. India will face their arch-rivals Pakistan on 2nd September, in Pallekele, Kandy. Talking about the big game, Pandya highlights the importance of maintaining composure in these nervous situation. He talks about taking calculated decisions rather than succumbing to emotional impluses.

Pandya emphasizes on the team’s preparation ahead of the much anticipated game. According to Indian’s vice-captain, the Asia Cup presents a wonderful opportunity to test the character and composure of the team. Playing such high-pressure games with help the team grow.

Pandya ahead of the India vs Pak game says,

A lot of emotions are attached by fans (for India vs Pak). For us, it is about playing a good team, playing a match against a very good side who has done very well in the recent past, Couple of finals they’ve played and the tension between us is always there. So, for me, we try to keep the outside noise outside, and we focus on how we can play good cricket. At the end of the day, we are cricketers.

We can’t get too emotional about it because then certain decisions can be reckless, which I don’t believe in. But, at the same point of time, it’s a mega event. It’s an event which I’ve seen how it checks your character, checks your personality, and at the same point in time, you can see in how deep waters you can swim. So for me, all these factors excite me a lot and yeah, I can’t wait,” for India vs Pak game.

Pandya talks about his approach in ODI’s

The 29-year all-rounder also talks about his approach in the ODI format. He feels there is lot of time in the ODI game. One needs to adapt to the condition as well as to the situation of the game.

Talking about his approach, Pandya says,

It’s just that you have a little more time than what you think. I believe in T20 as well, you have more time than you think, but at the same time, ODI is a much longer game. It is a game where you have to adapt, you have to get used to the conditions because the game is going on for 50 overs, and to play, to win against a good side, you have to play a good 100 overs of cricket. That’s when you win the game.”

So as a cricketer, for me, my mindset only changes for the fact that I start preparing according to how the ODI format demands, and if the preparation is proper, then I just go out there and read the situation. Because half of the time the situation dictates itself, so you don’t have to use rocket science, you’ve to just watch the game, see, try to understand what’s happening and maybe take a smarter call,”

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