“I focus on the game which I play”: Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder, has stated that he is unconcerned about making a comeback to the Indian team. Pandya had a difficult year in 2021, and he was benched after India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup. The cricketer, who was born in Baroda, struggled to perform across departments, and his fitness was also called into doubt.

In the series against New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the West Indies, Pandya was not included in the Indian lineup. Pandya, on the other hand, has made a fantastic comeback in the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL), captaining the Gujarat Titans (GT), one of two new teams, alongside the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

Pandya was adamant that he preferred to focus on one game at a time rather than allowing his head to be cluttered with possible outcomes.

“I don’t think it’s my (India) comeback anyway and secondly, I don’t focus on my comeback. I focus on the game which I play,” Pandya said at the media conference after the Titans defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight runs on Saturday.

“At the moment, I am playing IPL and will focus on IPL, and then I will see where the future takes. It’s never in my hands now. I focus on the team which I’m playing in. We are doing well and I’m very happy,” he added.

‘Captaincy obviously helps’

Last year, the 28-year-old Pandya played for India in the T20 World Cup Super 12 match against Namibia, led by Gerhard Erasmus.

Pandya believes that leading a team and taking on new duties has aided him in his development as a cricketer over time.

“Captaincy obviously helps. I’m always a cricketer who loves to take responsibility. I have a bit of understanding of the game having batted for so many years,” he said.

“You’re successful because you’ve an understanding of the game. Having played so many matches, I’m able to use my experience. So far, so good,” he added.

Pandya has 295 runs for the Titans in six IPL 2022 matches at an average of 73.75, including three half-centuries. He’s also taken four wickets at a respectable 7.56 economy rate. Streaming video