India vs South Africa 2022: Hardik Pandya recalls the sacrifice made on comeback trail | Cricket News

CUTTACK: Hardik Pandya is getting back into the Team India groove with his trademark unruffled way of looking at things. In a video posted by the BCCI, Pandya, who led Gujarat Titans to the IPL title recently, recalled the hard work needed to earn a recall.
“I was happy. It was more about the battles I won against my own self and a lot of other things as well. Winning the IPL, or even qualifying (for playoffs) was a big deal for me because a lot of people doubted us. A lot of people frowned at us before we started. A lot of people raised a lot of questions. A lot of things were said about me even before I made a comeback,” Pandya said.
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Looking at the current series against Proteas as an ideal platform to prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia in October later this year, Pandya added, “Every series or every game you play is as important as your last. So, for me, World Cup is the goal. This is the right platform to get into the rhythm and a lot of cricket is going to come back to back. As always, being in rhythm is very important.
“My role will be changed here (in the Team India setup). I won’t be the captain, I won’t be batting higher up the order and guiding through the innings. This will be back to being the Hardik that I am known for,” he said in the video.

Elaborating more on his struggles in the lead-up to the IPL, Pandya said, “It was never about giving them answers. I’m just proud of the process I followed. No one knows what I went through the six months that I was off. I’ve gotten up at five in the morning to make sure I train. I slept at 9:30 in the night for four months, so (there were) a lot of sacrifices. It was the battle I fought before the IPL.
“I have always worked hard in my life, and it has always given me the result I wanted.”

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