MUMBAI: The T20 World Cup is fast approaching and Hardik Pandya knows he’s got a job to do. It’s not just the scoring of runs. Hardik the bowler too will have to pick his strides and be at his best when India make another attempt at an ICC trophy later this year.
In and out of bio-bubbles during this pandemic, Pandya has been training hard on this front.
“For me, I want to make sure, and I will be able to, that I bowl in all the games of the (T20) World Cup. I am just trying to be smart and make sure that I don’t miss that. My full focus is on the World Cup,” Hardik told the TOI’s brand new podcast ‘TOI Sportcast’.
The Pandya brothers on the TOI Sportscast podcast
When the time arrives, Hardik realises he’ll have to be at his fittest best to make his four overs count. In fact, when he’ll bowl again, consistently, at the international level, has been a talking point for quite sometime now.
“Yes, on the bowling front, what matters is how fit I am. Even after my surgery, I didn’t drop my pace. My bowling is related to my fitness. The fitter I get, the better it comes out. Whenever I play, I don’’t want to play at 50%. (When) I play, I will play at 100%,” he says.
The Times of India Sportscast podcast will be live soon. You can listen to the full episode with Krunal and Hardik Pandya on the podcast section of timesofindia.indiatimes.com.
You can also catch the full episode with the Pandya brothers as part of the new Times of India Sportscast podcast on all prominent podcast apps. The podcast will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, Gaana.com, JioSaavan and others. A new episode will be up every Saturday morning.