The road map for the 2024 T20 World Cup, according to stand-in T20I skipper Hardik Pandya, begins now, and many players will be given opportunities to stake their claim in the side going forward.
India’s roadmap for 2024 T20 World Cup starts now: Hardik Pandya (AFP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Hardik Pandya, who will lead India in the upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand, said the road map for the 2024 T20 World Cup starts now. Hardik further said that going forward a lot of players will be given chances to stake their claim in the side.
Just a few days after the conclusion of the ICC Men’s T20I World Cup, India will face New Zealand in a three-match T20I and ODI series, beginning with the first T20I on November 18 in Wellington.
Pandya, who will be leading India in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, starting Friday, said the team needs to overcome their World Cup failure. Pandya also went on to talk about India’s big loss in the T20 World Cup semi-final to England.
“Yes, we all know there is the disappointment of the World Cup but we are professionals and we need to cope with it. How we cope with our success we cope up with our failures and move forward and look forward to get better rectify our mistakes,” Pandya told reporters.
The next T20 World Cup will be played in 2024 in the West Indies and the United States and the Indian squad is expected to undergo a major transition in the next two years with the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others being gradually eased out of the setup.
“Yes, the next T20 WC is almost two years so we have time (to unearth new talent). A lot of cricket will be played and a lot of people will get enough chances.
“The road map starts from now. But it’s too fresh right now. We have a lot of time so we will sit down and have conversations on those grounds,” Pandya said.
“Right now it’s making sure that the boys enjoy playing here. We will talk about the future later,” he added.
The likes of Shubman Gill, Umran Malik, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson have been given a chance and Pandya says it will be an important series for them in the grand scheme of things.
“The main boys are not here but at the same time the talent which the guys who are already here, they have also been playing for one-and-a-half, two years now,” he said.
“They have had ample chances and enough time in international cricket to express themselves and show what they have. Very excited for them, new bunch of guys, new energy and excitement.
“Every series is important. You can’t play an international game thinking its not important. Yes, World Cup is there but that’s a different format, it’s 50 overs.
“But it is an important series for a lot of boys who if they eventually do well here will be able to put a strong case going forward.”