Hardik Pandya IND vs NZ: Hardik Pandya has been named as the stand-in captain for the T20I series against New Zealand. As soon as he became the captain, he gave a befitting reply to former England captain Michael Vaughan. Actually, Vaughan had sharply criticized the performance of Team India in white ball cricket. He called India the ‘worst performing’ team in the history of world cricket. Vaughan, known for his controversial statements, made this comment after India’s semi-final exit from the T20 World Cup 2022.
Michael Vaughan targets Team India
Team India suffered a crushing defeat by 10 wickets against England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. After this, Vaughan said, “India is the worst white ball team in the history of cricket. I am amazed at how he manages to play T20 cricket despite being so talented. They have the players, but they don’t have the right process. They have to find a solution to it.” Why does he give the opposition bowlers so much chance to settle on the pitch in the first five overs?” Vaughan in his column for the Daily Telegraph wrote of the Indian top order scoring around 6 runs per over in the powerplay. Let us tell you that in all the teams participating in this T20 World Cup, only UAE’s run rate was worse than India’s in Powerplay.
Hardik Pandya gave a befitting reply to Vaughan
After leaving the World Cup, the Indian team is playing its first series against New Zealand on its ground. Under the captaincy of Hardik Pandya, Team India will play the first match of the T20 series on Friday, 18 November. When Pandya met the press before the match, he was asked to respond to Vaughan’s comment. The Indian all-rounder said there is always room to improve but he does not need to prove anything to anyone.
Pandya said, “Obviously, when you don’t do well, people will express their views, which we respect. I know everyone has their own way of thinking. We are at the international level and I don’t think we need to prove anything to anyone. This is sport, you always try to do better, when the result has to come, it does. There are many things that we have to work on, we will improve those things.
Rest to Rohit, Rahul and Virat
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli
Team India’s regular captain Rohit Sharma, vice-captain KL Rahul and great batsman Virat Kohli have been rested from this series after the T20 World Cup. It is discussed in full swing in Indian cricket that the phase of change has started in Team India in the shortest format of the game.
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