I want to see more batters chip in with the ball: Hardik Pandya

Hardik claimed that Indian skipper he expects players to be more professional and enjoy opportunities coming their way.

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 20 November 2022 07:11 PM

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Hardik Pandya-led Team India registered a convincing victory in the second T20 international against New Zealand at Bay Oval on November 20 (Sunday). Indian middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav powered Men in Blue with his second T20I century, guiding the side to 191-6 in the 1st innings. 

Team India continued its impressive performance in the second innings as the bowlers stepped up and bundled New Zealand for 126 in 18.5 overs. Allrounder Deepak Hooda bagged four wickets in the second innings, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Md. Siraj returned with two wickets each. Despite clinical performance from players, skipper Hardik Pandya has admitted that he wants more from the batters going forward. 

During a post-match presentation, the skipper claimed he wants to see more batters to chip in with the bowling. "The conditions were wet—credit to the bowlers. I have bowled enough; I want to see more batters chip in with the ball," Hardik said. 

Stressing the importance of the right environment in the dressing room, the Indian skipper added that he expects players to be more professional and enjoy opportunities coming their way. "I expect them to be professional, which they are. Allow them to enjoy themselves. It's about creating an environment where they are all in a happy space," said the 29-year-old.  The Indian skipper also hailed Suryakumar Yadav for one of the finest knocks in the format, stating it a 'special knock.' 

Meanwhile, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson also admitted that Surya's knock was out of the world and rated it as one of the best knocks he had witnessed from close distance. "Surya's innings were the difference between both teams. It was one of the best I had seen, completely out of the world. I have never seen some of these shots; they were outstanding," Williamson said. 

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