Hardik Pandya’s New Year Resolution: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has opened up on his “New Year’s Resolution” ahead of the Sri Lanka T20I series.
Hardik Pandya’s New Year Resolution
The Sri Lankan cricket team has been scheduled to tour India to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in January 2023.
All-rounder Pandya who was appointed as the captain of the Indian 16-member T20I side will be without the service of regular skipper Rohit Sharma and star batsman Virat Kohli, for the three T20 matches starting Tuesday in Mumbai.
Both Rohit and Kohli will return for the three ODI to follow as India begins preparations to host the 50-over World Cup later this year.
India also remains in the hunt to qualify for the WTC23 final in June, after losing the inaugural edition to New Zealand in 2021. “The biggest new year resolution is to win the World Cup,” Pandya told reporters on the eve of the Sri Lanka series.
India would try to “go out there and give everything”, he said, adding: “I think things are looking bright.”
He was restored to the national team early in 2022 after recovering from a career-threatening back injury and said it had been “a magical year for me”.
“Going forward there is a lot to achieve. I have not achieved anything. There will be multiple World Cups in multiple years, so the goal always will be to win the World Cup.”
“We are not looking to settle anything, it’s just that we want to play good cricket,” said Pandya. “And yes, we will make them feel they are in India.”
Pandya wished Rishabh Pant a “speedy recovery” as the wicketkeeper-batsman continues treatment in a hospital in Dehradun for injuries from a horrific car crash last week. The first ODI match of the series will be played on January 10 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.