India v England 2016: Hardik Pandya Says Rahul Dravid Guide Him And...

India v England 2016: Hardik Pandya Says Rahul Dravid Guide Him And Made Mentally Stronger

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04 November 2016: Indian cricket team and all-rounder players Hardik Pandya said that Rahul Dravid has guided him throughout the Australia tour and made him “mentally stronger.”

According to the sources, On Thursday Hardik Pandya said that “For me, everything changed after my tour of Australia with the India A team. It is a tour that transformed me as a cricketer. I can’t but thank Rahul Dravid enough for his contribution. I understood that there is a mental aspect about the game that needs to be worked upon. He (Dravid) made me mentally stronger.”

“I don’t think I have learned more than what I did during those one and half months under Rahul sir. He would tell me about things that I need to try out. I was mentally strong, but after interacting with him, I understood that I could get even better. If my bowling is being talked about today, it’s because of Rahul sir and Paras Mhambrey (India A bowling coach).”

According to him teaming is the biggest day of his life, he said that “Playing Test cricket is ultimate for anyone and I are no different. Yes, this is my biggest achievement till date. In fact, yesterday the Baroda team was traveling to Raipur for their Ranji game. I told the boys that let me stay back in Mumbai for a day. If I don’t get selected, I will join you guys next day. It was the happiest moment.”hardik-pandya

He talks concerning on his bowling; he said that “The more you practice the craft, better you get at it. I bowled so much in Australia that it yielded a result when I was back with the senior team, I became more consistent, hit the right length. The increase in pace has got a lot to do with the rhythm. If I am in rhythm, the pace will automatically increase by a few yards. The more I play at this level, the better I will get.”

Hardik Pandya has played the match with the white ball (T20s and ODIs) with the highest level and he confidently can make the red cherry talk, “The Red SG Test does more than the white Kookaburra. So, as a bowler, I have more opportunity to use variations. I back myself as a proper new ball bowler, and I believe that I can use the reverse swing to good effect also.”

Hardik Pandya said with an element of conviction in his statement “I used to bat at No 3 for Baroda and then I have been batting at No 5 in Ranji Trophy. I have to be realistic that in the Indian team, I can’t bat at No 5. I would be probably batting at No 8 or 9. I am ready to bat at any position.”hardik-pandya

Indian A team bowling coach Mhambrey also repeats of Pandya sentiments

Mhambrey said that “Since I and Rahul go back a long way, it was easy to share the workload regarding Hardik. Rahul focussed on the mental aspect, and he gave me a freehand in dealing with the technical aspect of his bowling.”

Indian A team bowling coach Mhambrey complicated “What Rahul told me specifically is not to go for an overhaul of his action as the main emphasis is on performance part. I saw that there were times when his left hand (non-bowling arm) was dropping at the point of release. We fixed that. Also, there was a tendency to push the ball through during release.”

Bowling coach said that “What he needed for the increase in pace was a strong bowling action. We wanted him to get right on the ball during loading. We also worked that he comes closer to the stumps so that he can bowl the outswinger more effectively. At the end of the day, credit goes to Hardik because it is the player who needs to understand his own requirements and work hard on those aspects. A coach can at best help. That’s where Hardik scores,”

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