Hardik Pandya-led Team India emerged victorious against the Blackcaps in the three-match T20I series by a 1-0 margin on Tuesday, November 22. Despite weather playing a spoilsport in the series, India clinched a rain-affected series. The first match of the series on Friday, November 18 was washed out without a single ball being bowled. India won the second T20I on Sunday, November 20 in a convincing way to set the final T20I in Napier for the series decider, but unfortunately, the third T20I ended in a draw. 

It was an important series from an Indian perspective as the talks have been around the senior player being thrown out of the team and young players leading the charge of the transition. Pandya was at the center of focus as he was leading a young and relatively less experienced Indian team. Against a strong opposition in the Blackcaps in their own backyard, Pandya’s men did a brilliant job to take the series 1-0.

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Prior to the start of the series, cricketing legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri, and Harbhajan Singh spoke in favour of Pandya being appointed as Rohit Sharma’s successor in the shortest version of the game. According to sources close to BCCI, the board wants to give Pandya enough time to build his team ahead of the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.

“I Will Lead the Team My Way,” Says Pandya

Hardik Pandya Responds to the Claims of Becoming India’s Next T20I Captain
Hardik Pandya Responds to the Claims of Becoming India’s Next T20I Captain

Following team India’s series win over New Zealand, all-rounder Hardik Pandya responded to the claims for him to be named as the next full-time captain of India in T20 cricket. The Baroda-based cricketer said that it feels good when people say such things but he will wait for the official announcement to be made by the apex board.

“Koi agar bol raha hai toh accha feel hota hai (If people are saying, you feel good about it), but till something happens (official announcement by the BCCI), you can’t say. To be honest, my thing is simple, if I do one match or one series, I will lead the team my way, how I see and perceive the game. Whenever I am given the opportunity, I will always go out and play the brand of cricket I know. As a unit, we will display my brand. As far as whatever (captaincy) comes in the future, we will see,” Hardik Pandya told reporters after the rain-affected third T20I match in Napier.

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