New Delhi. After Jasprit Bumrah was not included in the playing XI for the first T20 International against Australia, star all-rounder Hardik Pandya said the team will not put too much pressure on the veteran pacer and give him enough time to recover from injury. . On Tuesday (September 20), Bumrah was sorely missed in the first match of the series against Australia and it was accepted by Hardik Pandya. Chasing the target of 209 runs, the visiting team easily won by four wickets. With this, Australia took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. Barring Axar Patel, all Indian bowlers conceded more than 11 runs per over.
Bumrah, who did not play the Asia Cup due to a back injury, has been included in the Indian team for both the series against Australia and South Africa, besides the T20 World Cup squad. Hardik said, “We all know what he can do and how important he is to us. There may be some concerns (about the bowling) but that is not a problem. We have to trust our players. These are the best 15 players in the country and that’s why they are in the team.”
Jasprit’s absence makes a big difference
He said, “Jasprit’s not being there makes a lot of difference. He is coming back from injury, it is important for him that he gets enough time to come back and not put too much pressure on himself. Hardik scored an unbeaten 71 in 30 balls to take India past 200 runs. He has been doing brilliantly for the team since the IPL.
Can target me in next match- Hardik
Talking about his recent performance, Hardik said, “I have had a lot of success recently, but what is more important for me is that how can I be better even in my good days? The kind of career graph I have, I don’t give much importance to my performance, be it success or failure.” He said, “I did well in the match today (Tuesday night). They can target me in the next match and I need to take a step forward.”
Credit for victory given to Australian batting
Australia’s batsmen razed the Indian attack and registered an easy victory. Hardik credited this to the opposition batsmen. He said, “There was no dew. You have to give credit to the way he batted. He played good cricket. We haven’t been able to execute our plans in bowling.”
Hardik praises Cameron Green
Hardik said, “You can’t give a single reason why we lost. it’s a game. This is a bilateral series. We have two more matches to play and we will try to do better.” Hardik also praised Cameron Green, who scored 61 off 30 balls in his debut match as an opener. He said, “It is good for the way he played. We have seen a lot of videos but it is about implementing our plans. He played some good shots and credit should be given for that.”
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 21, 2022, 11:17 IST