Hardik Pandya reveals his incredible transformation
India’s effective all-rounder Hardik Pandya had been given some break for the West Indies series after playing non-stop cricket World Cup.
Speaking to news agency IANS, on the sidelines, Pandya spoke on the interesting challenges ahead with the series against the Proteas, working on his fitness standards, managing his workload being the most important factor in this Indian team and his penchant for tattoos.
He loves cricket quite a lot and reveals that even though he enjoyed time off the field, he spent much time to work on his game and fitness. Pandya, earlier had some issues with the back and doesn’t want it to be repeated again.
“It was important for me (the break) as the IPL was long and then the World Cup followed and I had a good run in both the tournaments. So, I was looking to give it my best and that required my body to take some rest as precaution is better than cure and that is when the call was taken by the team management that I come back fully fit for the South Africa series.
“Neither the team management nor I wish that I get injured. The rest has helped me a lot and my fitness has gone to the next level. I started doing pilates and that has helped me a lot. This isn’t something very usual between cricketers.
So, that is why I wanted to see how it works and it has worked really well. This last one month, I trained twice a day. It was important that I try something new to improve my back. It was important for me and my game to take this break,” he explained.
When he was asked about the sudden trip to Baroda, Hardik Pandya said: “It was raining in Mumbai so I decided in two hours flat that I will go back home and prepare for the series against South Africa.”
While a new assignment starts with South Africa, the productive all-rounder wants to forget the past and make his presence count in the futuristic matches and to focus on the next World Cup T20I tournament and to win it.
“It was difficult and we all felt the same pain, but life moves on. I would have been more upset if we as a team hadn’t done justice to our performance. I think as a team we played as champions and except for those 30 minutes, I thought we played outstandingly and everyone was contributing and looking to excel. It is just how it is at the knockout stage. We have kind of moved on and we want to focus on the next World Cup (WT20) and win that,” he said.
He was asked if he has any specific goals going into the upcoming home series against South Africa, Hardik Pandya had an interesting words in store which will serve good for the fans too. He said that he believes in magic and so magical things might happen according to him.
“To be honest, I don’t keep goals because I let something out of the box happen. I just focus on preparing well and focus on the areas I wish to work on. I think that magical things do happen. So, I let my game speak and go with the situation. You never know when my team is down and I might stand up and do something special. I focus on that. South Africa is a good team and a good series will give us momentum in T20s,” he smiled.