I try to outsmart the batter, says Hardik Pandya on his return to bowling at his best

Written by Shreyas Vyas

Hardik Pandya, the bowler, feels he has finally got his rhythm back and going forward, the India star will continue to be ‘smart’ about his job and bowl at full pace only when ‘required’.

Not being able to bowl regularly due to fitness issues had cost Hardik his place in the Indian team but he made a roaring comeback with the IPL. More recently, he was at his absolute best with bat and ball in the white-ball series in England.

The 28-year-old took career-best figures, 4/33 and 4/24, in the T20 and ODI series.

“So firstly with my bowling, you know post IPL, after every series, I take maybe four or five days to train because that is re-fuelling for my fitness and just to get fresh. I like to play 100 per cent because then it gives me the opportunity to do all the things which I did in the 3rd ODI,” said Hardik.

He could not find the rhythm in the preceding series in Ireland but England brought the best out of him.

“After IPL, I came back to play the South Africa series. I bowled one over and I did not bowl in couple of games. As a bowler for me, it’s very important to keep bowling. So I was not finding the rhythm.

“Even in Ireland when I played, I was not getting the rhythm which I wanted to because I find myself a control bowler. I don’t have much skills you know, get the batter out by opening him up and nipping the ball inside and all that, I play with smartness. I try to outsmart the batter,” he said.

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