An action-packed year is finally coming towards an end and we are all set to welcome 2022, which is expected to bring a new ray of hope, more exciting challenges and new year resolutions for all the people, including cricketers. Yes! It is a common trend among everyone to set a target for themselves ahead of beginning of new year, which keeps them motivated throughout the next 12 months.
Usually, people try to get rid of one of their bad habits through these new year resolutions. While some might say ‘No’ to junk food, others might say ‘No’ to cigarettes, there is a huge variety of promises which human beings make to themselves.
Hence, we look at a hypothetical situation regarding what kind of new year resolutions the Indian cricketers might be taking for 2022.
Hardik Pandya – Say No to Controversies
India’s star all-rounder is an extremely incredible talent but his knack of getting into controversies is something he would be looking to get rid of next year. Hardik Pandya’s fitness became a huge talking point in Indian cricket in 2021, leading to various speculations. As he is currently working on his rehab from an injury, the 28-year-old would be hoping that he can have a controversy-free year in 2022, where he can be fully focused on producing emphatic performances on the cricket field.
Rohit Sharma – Say No to Hamstring Injury
India’s new white-ball captain had a memorable year with the bat but there were a lot of concerns around his fitness throughout 2021. From IPL to Test series against South Africa, Rohit Sharma has had hamstring issues this year and considering he will be an integral part of the side across all formats in the next 12 months, he would want to work on his fitness and ensure that he remains fit throughout 2022 and continue to produce heroic knocks at top of the order.
Cheteshwar Pujara – Say No to Outside Edge
The experienced No. 3 batsman had a very challenging year in 2021 as his performances started to dip. Cheteshwar Pujara developed a common trend of getting out this year with pacers pitching the ball on good-length areas, drawing an outside edge off Pujara’s bat. Considering he is still an integral part of India’s Test side, the right-handed batsman would be working closely with Rahul Dravid and would be hoping to make a slight technical adjustment to get rid of this issue in 2022.
KL Rahul – Say No to Being Flexible
The stylish right-handed batsman was one of the most impressive players for India across all formats and it is high time that he gets a fixed position in the side. Because of his abilities, Rahul’s batting order is often switched to incorporate other players in the team. However, going into 2022, the player should make a resolution to say no to being flexible as he needs to open the innings for India in T20Is, ODIs and Tests without any doubt.
Virat Kohli – Say No to Cover Drives
The wait for Virat Kohli’s 71st international ton still continues and considering the kind of his dismissals this year, the right-handed batsman might want to stop the habit of playing cover drives for some time especially on overseas tours. This is something that Sachin Tendulkar did way back in 2004 in Sydney and fans would hope that Kohli might take this promise, maybe for one innings only, so that he can end the two-year-long century drought.