India all-rounder, Hardik Pandya has recently stated that he is highly elated with the return of Rohit Sharma for the ODI series.
Rohit did not participate in the T20I series against Sri Lanka and Hardik Pandya once again donned the skipper’s hat.
He impressed one and all with his captaincy skills because of which India managed to win the series 2-1.
Now, with Rohit Sharma at the helm of things once again, Hardik says that he is now much more relaxed.
He has also stated that he can now focus more on his skillset as he doesn’t need to worry much about captaincy duties.
Pandya feels very relaxed after Rohit Sharma’s return for the ODI series
Ro (Rohit Sharma) is back so it is much more relaxed. I can focus more on my well-being and try to share all my knowledge. If they need my help or advice, I’m always there. The body is very good, we are following a plan and the workload is being managed rightly with the WC just 6-7 months away.
Additionally, Hardik is also happy with the growth of Axar Patel into an all-rounder who is contributing with both bat and ball.
It has made a big difference, the only request I had from him (Axar) was more contribution from his batting. He has worked tremendously, helps my life knowing Axar is after me, helps the team play a certain balance. He’s upped his game massively in the recent past, makes the team feel more confident.
During the recently-concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka, Axar was at his absolute best as he hit the Sri Lanka bowlers to all parts of the ground.
In all, Axar managed to amass 117 runs with the bat and got 3 wickets. Moreover, his highest score in the series was 65.
On the other hand, in the second ODI against India, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first.
India has beaten Sri Lanka in the second ODI comprehensively by 4 wickets and won the series 2-0.
The last ODI of the series is going to be played in Trivandrum on the 15th of January.
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