Hardik Pandya sent a direct message to the West Indies board after India secured a 200-run victory over their hosts. Pandya served as a stand-in skipper for the 3-game ODI series against the West Indies where India won 2 – 1.
Pandya expressed his displeasure over logistics arrangements and other fails orchestrated by the West Indies board. He charged the CWI, West Indies’ cricket board to do better whenever India decides to go on a Caribbean tour next.
What Did Hardik Pandya Say to the West Indies Board?
Hardik’s comments were not rude in any way as he expressed his comments about the West Indies board and their preparations ahead of this tour:
“This was one of the nicest grounds we have played. Things can be better when we come to West Indies next time. From travelling to managing a lot of things. Last year also, some hiccups happened…
…I think it’s time for West Indies Cricket to take note of it and make sure that when a team travels… We don’t ask for luxury but we need some basic necessities taken care of. Other than that, really enjoyed coming here and playing some good cricket,”
Hardik also had this to say about the game:
“It’s a special win. To be honest, I look forward to these kinds of games as a captain here there is something on the line. This was more than an international game. We knew what was at stake and there would be a lot of disappointment if we lost…
…The boys showed great character. They enjoyed it as well, in pressure situations it’s important to enjoy it as well. You don’t become a hero without handling pressure,”
Pandya gave all the credit to Men in Blue batsmen and bowlers when he was asked about who made the series win possible:
“Scoring 350 was always crucial. When you have a total like that, batters chase the ball and if luck is on your side, batters will nick it. A couple of really good catches by Gill. West Indies woke up very late and there was that partnership that took it to the 34th over. The game was kind of over in the powerplay itself.”
Why Did Hardik Pandya and Team India Complain about the West Indies Board?
Indian cricketers led by Pandya had to wait for about 4 hours before getting on a late flight from Trinidad and Tobago. Their flight scheduled for Barbados was one of the most uncomfortable experiences the team has faced in some time. Late night flight delays left the team deprived of rest ahead of the series tour.
Poor rest and delays in logistics almost meant a series loss. Hardik Pandya was lucky to avoid an unwanted record as his team rallied to a 2-1 series win after three games. A loss in the final series game would have meant Pandya’s team will be the first Indian side to lose a West Indies series since the mid-2000s.
How Did the Game Go for Hardik Pandya?
Hardik Pandya came in at number 5 to grow India’s total to 351. The mammoth score is India’s highest total in a West Indies ODI in history. Hardik stayed in unbeatable form, rallying to a 70 tally from 52 balls. He also got five 6’s and four 4’s in the last game.
W/Indies batters couldn’t take the heat of India’s bowling in the final game. Players like Mukesh Kumar racked up three wickets to keep West Indies batters at bay.
Other Men in Blue players like Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav left no chance for the hosts to recover. Team India saw off the opposition to claim a refreshing victory and India’s second-largest win margin against the West Indies.
Why Was Hardik Pandya Stand-In Skipper at the West Indies Tour?
BCCI selectors included many star players in the lineup to this West Indies tour, but only Hardik Pandya and few others actually played any cricket. Big stars like Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Virat Kohli were all rested ahead of a packed cricket calendar later this year.
It would not be the first time
Team India decides to rest star players, as other teams ahead of the Asian Games, Asia Cup, and tours will not see all A-list players take part. However, there’s a mix of talent and veterans in every India squad across these competitions; it would be foolhardy to write them off in any cricket competition.