The India The T20I team came back empty-handed from the World Cup in Australia after losing to England in the semi-final but Hardik Pandya says they have to deal with the disappointment and move on while righting the wrongs.
“Yeah, we all know there’s disappointment in me Globalism Cup but we are professionals and we have to keep up. “How do we deal with our success, we deal with our failures (too), move forward and look to better correct our mistakes,” Pandya told reporters on Wednesday.
Pandya will captain India’s young T20I team against New Zealand in a three-match series starting on Friday. He says a lot of players will be on trial before the next T20 World Cup which is scheduled to be held in 2024.
“Yes, the next T20 WC is almost two years away so we have time (to scout new talent). You will play a lot of cricket and a lot of people will get enough opportunities.”
While Pandya admitted that work on building the team for the upcoming final event begins now, he feels there is still plenty of time to do so. One of the key decisions will be relieving a group of seniors including current captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin and more.
“The roadmap starts now. But it is very fresh at the moment. We have plenty of time so we will sit down and have talks on that basis,” Pandya said.
“Now he is making sure the boys enjoy playing here. We’ll talk about the future later.”
Several senior members of the T20 World Cup squad are not part of the New Zealand tour but that does not mean the team lacks experience as the likes of Shubman Gill, Umran Malik, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson have played enough cricket.
Allrounder said: “The main boys are not here but at the same time the talent of the guys who are already here, they’ve also been playing for a year and a half, two years”.
“They have had plenty of opportunities and enough time in international cricket to express themselves and show what they have. Very excited about them, a new group of young people, new energy and excitement.”
While the next big tournament in white-ball cricket is next year’s ODI World Cup, this does not diminish the importance of the T20I series in Pandya’s eyes.
“Every series is important. You can’t play an international game and think it’s not important. Yes, the World Cup is there but that’s a different format, it’s 50 overs. But it’s an important series for a lot of boys who if they do well here at the end of the day will be able to make a case.” strong in the future,” he said.