Vice captain Hardik Pandya believes that Team India should stick to their current strategy and take advantage of the pressure to perform well in the 2023 World Cup.
Today, October 8, in Chennai, Team India will begin their World Cup campaign with a high-stakes matchup against Australia, the five-time champions. The Men in Blue are considered the clear favorites because the World Cup is being contested at home and they enter the main competition as the top-ranked team across all formats.
Prior to the India-Australia match, Pandya told the ICC that they will play brave cricket the entire World Cup.
“We have got some world-class batters and world-class bowlers. We just need to come together, play fearless, take the pressure and expectation to our advantage and continue what we have done. It is exciting with a lot of expectations, but at the same time, we are going to get a lot of love and support and cheers which is going to get the best out of us,” Pandya said.
India has failed to reach the final destination since winning the Champions Trophy in 2013, even though they have been one of the favorites entering ICC events for the past few years.
In his career, Hardik Pandya has participated in two 50-over ICC events: the 2017 Champions Trophy and the 2019 World Cup, both of which resulted in semifinal and championship losses.
The 29-year-old played in nine games and took 10 wickets while amassing 226 runs at an average of 32.48 during a respectable World Cup performance.