“Losing Is Good At…” Hardik Pandya After Losing The T20I Series Against West Indies In 17 Years

In a series-deciding showdown that kept cricket enthusiasts on the edge of their seats, the Rovman Powell-led West Indies National Cricket Team emerged victorious against the India National Cricket Team, securing an 8-wicket win in the fifth T20I match. The battle unfolded at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill on Sunday, August 13.

Under Hardik Pandya’s leadership, India won the toss and was elected to bat first. However, the opening partnership faltered again, leaving the team seeking stability. Amid this challenge, Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma stepped up as the saviors, offering a glimmer of hope. Yadav showcased his class and skill by crafting a remarkable half-century, while Varma’s contribution of 27 runs at a strike rate of 150 bolstered the Indian innings.

Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson, and Axar Patel made modest contributions of 14, 13, and 13 runs, respectively, as India posted a total of 165/9 on the scoreboard.

In pursuit of the target, the West Indies encountered an early setback with the loss of Kyle Mayers in the second over. However, Brandon King and Nicholas Pooran orchestrated a remarkable partnership, stitching 107 runs off 72 balls together. The match witnessed a significant delay due to lightning. During this pause, Tilak Varma made a memorable mark by dismissing Nicholas Pooran with only his second delivery in international cricket.

In the end, Brandon King, accompanied by Shai Hope, guided the West Indies to an impressive 8-wicket triumph. The victory secured an astonishing series win for the Men In Maroon against the Men In Blue, marking a milestone moment for West Indies cricket.

In the aftermath of the match, during the post-match presentation ceremony, India’s skipper Hardik Pandya candidly addressed the team’s performance. He acknowledged the loss of momentum when he entered the crease and expressed regret for not capitalizing on the situation. Pandya voiced his belief in the team’s ability to overcome challenges and continuously strive for improvement.

Hardik Pandya said, “We lost the momentum when I came in and couldn’t capitalize on the situation. I believe we are going to challenge ourselves. We try to get better.”

Reflecting on the series loss, Pandya underscored the value of learning from defeats. He acknowledged that failures can offer valuable insights and contribute to the team’s growth. With an optimistic perspective, he commended the character displayed by the players throughout the series.

Hardik Pandya said, “In hindsight, it is fine. We don’t need to explain much. I know how the boys are within the group. We have enough time to figure it out. Losing is good at times. On the positive side, we have done a lot of learning. The boys showed character. Credit to them. They kept coming and tried something new. It is part of the process.”

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Regarding his on-field decisions, Pandya revealed that he relies on his instincts and changes based on the situation. He thanked the fans for their support and looked forward to future endeavors, notably the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Hardik Pandya said, “It is what I feel at that moment. If I see a situation, I prefer something that comes to mind. Not rocket science, just my gut feeling. Every youngster who is coming in is showing character. I can’t be happier seeing a youngster come in and raise his hand. A big thank you to everyone. The T20 WC would be here. There would be bigger numbers then.”

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