“This is my team, first and foremost, coach [VVS Laxman, in this case] And I’ll pick the team that we feel is right,” he said after the series. “And there’s plenty of time, everybody’s going to get a chance, and when they do, they’re going to have a long run. But it’s difficult because it was a short series. Had it been a longer series, more players would have got a chance.
“It was a short series, and I don’t believe in cutting and making too many changes, nor will I in the future. So it was easy, and to do with what the team needed. I was the sixth bowling option. wanted. We got him here. Deepak (Huda) bowled, and if the batsmen chipped in (with the ball) like he did. Ultimately, in T20 cricket, opportunities will come. Bringing in new bowlers can mix things up, and surprise the batsmen.”
Samson, in particular, and Gill would have expected one or two in New Zealand in the absence of the top three of the recent Men’s T20 World Cup, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Gill has never played T20I cricket, but Samson has, and with a T20I average of 44.75 over the last 12 months, the runs are coming in fast. His average in ODIs in the same period is 82.66.
How does he deal with players who have to warm the bench for long periods of time?
“It’s not difficult, but about how you handle it,” Hardik said. “It’s easy for me – I have the same equation with all the players, and when I can’t pick a player, he knows it’s not personal, it’s about the situation. I’m a people person. person. If someone needs me, I will be there for them. Everyone knows that if they feel something, my doors are always open for them to come and talk to me, because I I understand how they feel.
“If they’re sitting out… Sanju Samson, for example: We wanted to play him, but for whatever reason, we couldn’t. But I can step into his shoes and understand how he feels. As a cricketer, it’s tough. Whatever anyone says, you’re in the Indian team, but you’re not getting a chance in the XI, so it’s tough. At the end of the day, I can say whatever I want. Yes, but they will be just words. But if I can create a healthy environment, where the players who are feeling bad can come and talk to me, or go and talk to the coach, if I am the captain. So I guess. That won’t be a problem. Because my nature is such that I make sure everyone gets along.”
“What I have tried to do is… if you have made it to the international level, obviously you have done well and achieved success at the lower levels,” Hardik said. said “As a captain, my job is to give the players as much freedom as possible, and create a culture where players can play without fear and not be blamed for failure.
“That was our approach in the World Cup, but because we didn’t win, it highlighted what we didn’t do well. But, going forward, it will be about not playing at all. ; The effort will be to enjoy the game, play without any fear. If you feel you want to break the first ball, go ahead, the management will support you. We want players to have freedom. Play along.”