We don’t need to prove anything to anyone: Hardik Pandya responds to Michael Vaughan’s comment on India not winning a WC since 2011

The future India captain also said that the roadmap for the 2024 T20 World Cup starts from now.

Ritesh PathakAuthor

Updated - 16 November 2022 01:16 PM

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Team India’s campaign at T20 World Cup 2022 came to an abrupt end when they lost to England by ten wickets in the semifinals. The Men in Blue were taken aback by the defeat and there were questions raised about India’s approach towards the game. Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan took a sly dig at the team calling India “the most underperforming team in white-ball history”. 

Vaughan also slammed India for not winning a World Cup since 2011. The former England cricketer also claimed that India is playing an outdated brand of cricket and they need to take inspiration from England on how to play white-ball cricket. Now, as India’s stand-in captain for New Zealand series, Hardik Pandya was asked to share his views on Vaughan’s remarks, the all-rounder said they don’t need to prove anything to anyone. 

“I don't think we need to prove anything to anyone. Obviously when you don't do well, people will have their opinion, which we respect. I understand people have different point of views," Pandya said as quoted by PTI. 

"Being at the international level, I don't think we need to prove anything to anyone. It's a sport, you keep trying to get better and eventually when the result is supposed to happen it will happen. There are things we need to work on, going forward we will rectify and work on it," he added.

The roadmap for 2024 starts now: Pandya

The future India captain also said that the roadmap for the 2024 T20 World Cup starts from now. Pandya said that a lot of people will get enough chances to prove their mettle. He also said that as there is ample time before the next T20 World Cup, the management will sit and have a proper discussion around the same. 

“Yes, the next T20 WC is almost two years, so we have time (to unearth new talent). A lot of cricket will be played and a lot of people will get enough chances. The road map starts from now. But it's too fresh right now. We have a lot of time so we will sit down and have conversations on those grounds," Pandya said. "Right now, it's making sure that the boys enjoy playing here (New Zealand). We will talk about the future later," he added.

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