India vs Australia: Hardik Pandya says he is ready to bat at any position if selected

All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is waiting for his Test debut, is confident that he can bat at any position as and when he gets an opportunity in the five-day format of the game.

Hardik is a part of the Indian Test squad for the first two matches.

"I can bat at any position. I have no preferences as far as batting order is concerned. No 6, No 7, I am game at any position where the team management would want me to bat as and when I get an opportunity to play Test cricket," Pandya told PTI during an interaction.

File photo of Hardik Pandya. Image courtesy: Hardik Pandya via Twitter

File photo of Hardik Pandya. Image courtesy: Hardik Pandya via Twitter

Hardik was seen generating considerable pace on a two-paced Karnail Singh track, where he made a few deliveries fly off the pitch.

"I am much more fitter and stronger this season and that's showing in my bowling. My pace has increased by a few yards and also I have worked on different kinds of variations. My bowling makes me confident. I have got a lot of support from the team management as well as India A coach Rahul Dravid," Hardik said as he was leaving for Bengaluru to join the Indian team for the second Test.

The young all-rounder was released by team management to get some game time in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he played three games with mixed results. He got five wickets but managed only 20 runs.

"I feel my time with the Indian team has helped me mature as a cricketer. I feel more confident now. There is nothing better than game time. It's always good that you are out there in the middle playing a match. It only helps that you are match ready and can get into the groove whenever you are required," Hardik said.

Life has certainly changed for Hardik in the past one year since his India debut in Australia and the manner in which he was mobbed at the Karnail Singh Stadium for selfies could have really injured him as he was trying to get into the jet black SUV.

"Yes, obviously I can't deny that life has changed for the better. I know people recognise me and now there is expectation of good performance also. But this is what every professional cricketer wants. New challenges which gets the best out of you," Hardik concluded.


Published Date: Mar 01, 2017 08:39 pm | Updated Date: Mar 01, 2017 08:39 pm