Australian great Glenn McGrath makes a big statement about Hardik Pandya

Australian legend Glenn McGrath has called Hardik Pandya a “versatile and quality hitter” who doesn’t need to be told about his role in the Indian cricket team as he has turned into a responsible cricketer. Glenn McGrath, who is currently coaching director at MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, also said that Hardik Pandya’s experience will keep him in good shape and he will continue to bounce back from adversity. Hardik Pandya was named India’s captain for the upcoming T20I series against Ireland on Wednesday as the top national names would be involved in the fifth Test match against England at the time and will not be available for matches. at Dublin. Hardik Pandya made his return to Team India in the ongoing series against South Africa after playing for the Men in Blue in November 2021. Before making his return to India, Hardik Pandya wowed fans across the world with his leadership skills in the Indian Prime Minister. League as he guided debuting Gujarat Titans to their maiden title in the competition. The versatile Baroda player was also very impressive with bat and ball, finishing the money-rich league as his team’s top scorer with 487 runs as well as contributing with 8 wickets in the other department. However, he failed to light up the first three games of the T20I series against the Proteas, looking short of pace, especially in the final game. But Glenn McGrath supported him to find his touch as soon as he knows what it takes to perform at the highest level.

“Hardik has so much experience now. He knows what he needs to do. He doesn’t need coaches telling him what to do. former Australian pacer to reporters in Chennai.

“Some games are going well, some not so well. Overall he knows what he has to do,” added Glenn McGrath.

Earlier, Hardik Pandya himself spoke of his happiness at making a comeback to the Indian setup.

“I was happy,” Hardik told BCCI.tv. “It was more about the battles I won against myself and a lot of other things too. Winning the IPL, or even qualifying [for the playoffs] was a big problem for me because a lot of people doubted us,” he said. “A lot of people looked down on us before we started. A lot of people raised a lot of questions. A lot has been said about me even before I made my comeback.

“But there was never any question of giving them answers. I’m just proud of the process I went through. No one knows what I went through during the six months I was away. I got up at 5 am to be sure to train. I slept at 9:30 at night for four months, so [there was] a lot of sacrifices,” Hardik Pandya revealed.

“That’s the battle I fought before the IPL. I have always worked hard in my life and it always gave me the result I wanted,” the 28-year-old cricketer said.

While Hardik Pandya is proud of his success in the IPL, his goal for this year is to win the World Cup for India.

“Every series or every game you play is as important as the last one,” Hardik said. “So for me the World Cup is the goal, it’s the right platform to get into the rhythm and a lot of cricket is going to come back to back. Always being in the rhythm is very important.

“My role will be changed here, I won’t be a captain, I won’t be batting higher in the order or guiding innings. It will be the Hardik I’m known for again.

Hardik Pandya will be back in action on Friday when the Indian cricket team take on South Africa in the fourth match of the T20I series in his home state of Gujarat. The match will take place at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.

Rishabh Pant and his boys would look to win Game 4 in Saurashtra to tie the series at 2-2 after convincingly winning the previous game in Visakhapatnam. The Indians now have the momentum after their spinners finally found the right spots to play Proteas batters and Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal would be key to India’s fortunes in Rajkot.

Indian team: Rishabh Pant (captain and wicketkeeper), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

South Africa squad: South Africa: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada , Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen, Marco Jansen.

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