‘I know my importance in white ball cricket’: Hardik Pandya says his energy is his plus point
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The young on-field stalwart of an all-rounder, Hardik Pandya recently reflected upon his limited over career prospects alongside a balance to maintain with the Test Cricket given his not-so-distant battle with a back injury.
The 26-year-old Pandya said that he is afraid of risking his now recovering back for Test Cricket, since he understands the 'importance' of his gaming pattern in limited over formats of the International Cricket. Hardik last played a Test Match in September 2018, during India's tour of England, having played eleven test matches in total.
"I see myself as a back-up seamer for sure. After my back surgery, I don't know, playing Test cricket right now will be a challenge," Hardik told 'Cricbuzz in Conversation'.
Pandya explained a pattern in his gameplay, that after playing tests continuously, he couldn't perform at his optimum in rest of the limited over formats.
"If I was a Test player and didn't have the game in white-ball cricket, I could go now and risk my back in Tests but I know my importance in white ball cricket. It has happened that I played Tests and then didn't do well in ODIs and T20s because my plus point is my energy," he added.
Reflecting upon that fateful day of hitting the injury roadblock during an Asia Cup match against the arch-rival Pakistan, Pandya said that he thought that his career was over at the moment of being stretchered off the field.
"I genuinely thought that my career is over because I'd never seen anyone being stretchered off. I was knocked out for 10 minutes, after that the pain never went down," Hardik stated.
Talking about the flak he received after appearing on a talk show for his remarks on women, Hardik said that it no longer bothers him, as he became wiser after that incident with an open arm acceptance from his family.
"I just became wiser after the incident. I have made mistakes in my life and the best part in me is I accept them. If I would not have accepted the mistake, one more TV show would've been on the cards," he stated.
"That phase no longer bothers me because we as a family accepted it. What hurt me the most was my action caused my family problems, and that's not acceptable," added Pandya.
Posted By: Talib Khan