Hardik Pandya critical of West Indies for not making basic arrangements during India’s tour

August 2, 2023 9:46 am

Hardik Pandya, India’s stand-in captain, minced no words as he delivered a pointed critique aimed at the West Indies Cricket board, highlighting the glaring deficiencies in the arrangements made for the visiting team. The conclusion of the gripping three-match One Day International (ODI) series saw Hardik’s Indian squad secure a resounding victory, outplaying their West Indian counterparts by a staggering 200-run margin, ultimately clinching the series 2-1.

During the post-match presentation, former cricketer turned commentator Daren Ganga posed questions to Hardik regarding the facilities at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, where the men’s ODI debut had unfolded. The response was a mix of praise for the ground and a vocal expression of disappointment about the overall arrangements. In no uncertain terms, the 29-year-old stated that the West Indies cricket authorities should address the concerns raised.

“Undoubtedly, this stands out as one of the most impressive venues we’ve had the privilege to grace. However, there’s ample room for improvement when we journey back to the West Indies. This spans various aspects, encompassing travel logistics and the array of logistical facets. This isn’t the first instance of such issues; similar obstacles cropped up last year. 

“It’s high time for the West Indies Cricket to acknowledge these issues and ensure that when a team travels, their basic needs are adequately met. Our expectations aren’t extravagant; we merely seek the fundamental essentials to be in place. Aside from these matters, I must stress that our stay and cricketing experiences here have been immensely enjoyable,” articulated Hardik with a blend of candor and diplomacy.

In the aftermath of an emphatic victory against the West Indies, Hardik savored the significance of the win, applauding his teammates for their performance and underscoring his preference for high-pressure situations as a captain. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Gclub.

“This win holds a special place. Frankly, I relish encounters like these, where the stakes are high and the pressure is palpable. This match transcended the boundaries of an ordinary international game. The implications were crystal clear, and a defeat would have been deeply disappointing. The team showcased remarkable character, facing the challenge head-on. It’s imperative to enjoy such pressure situations. Becoming a hero necessitates the ability to navigate pressure,” emphasized Hardik, exuding confidence.

Hardik attributed the team’s success to a formidable batting display, amassing a formidable 351 runs while batting first. He also lauded the efforts of his bowlers, who secured victory by the powerplay phase of the match.

“Putting up 350 on the board was pivotal. When you have such a substantial total, batsmen are compelled to take risks, increasing the chances of mistakes. Gill’s exceptional catches were instrumental. The West Indies team seemed to awaken quite late, and although a partnership prolonged the match until the 34th over, the match’s fate was essentially sealed within the powerplay itself,” concluded the 29-year-old skipper, expressing contentment with his team’s all-around performance. Get the latest updates from the world of cricket only on Nextbet Sports.