Needed the break after WC, says Pandya
Hardik Pandya has said that he needed the break to attain a higher level of fitness ahead of the home season. It was important for me (the break) as the IPL was long and then the World Cup followed and I had a good run in both the tournaments. So, I was looking to give it my best and that required my body to take some rest as precaution is better than cure and that is when the call was taken by the team management that I come back fully fit for the South Africa series,” he said.
Neither the team management nor I wish that I get injured. The rest has helped me a lot and my fitness has gone to the next level. I started doing pilates and that has helped me a lot. This isn’t something very usual between cricketers. So, that is why I wanted to see how it works and it has worked really well. This last one month, I trained twice a day. It was important that I try something new to improve my back. It was important for me and my game to take this break,” he explained. Asked if he has any specific goals going into the series against South Africa, Pandya replied: “To be honest, I don’t keep goals because I let something out of the box happen.”
India ‘A’ inch closer to victory:
India ‘A’ edged closer to a resounding victory over South Africa ‘A’ in the first unofficial Test despite a rain-hit day three in which only 20 overs could be bowled. India captured four wickets to reduce South Africa ‘A’ to 179 for 9, who go into day four with a paltry lead of 40 runs in the second innings. Majority of overs were lost at the Greenfield stadium due to overnight rain and a wet outfield. India ‘A’ had made 303 in reply to SA A’s first innings score of 164; Brief Sores: South Africa ‘A’: 164 all out in 51.5 overs and 179 for 9 in 55 overs (Zubayr Hamza 44, Heinrich Klaasen 48; Wiaan Mulder 46, S Nadeem 3/17, Jalaj Saxena 2/22, K Gowtham 1/52). India ‘A’: 303 all out in 87.5 overs (Shubman Gill 90, Jalaj Saxena 61 not out, Shardul Thakur 34; Lungi Ngidi 3/50, Dane Piedt 3/84).
Thirimanne, Shanaka to lead Sri Lanka on Pakistan tour:
Lahiru Thirimanne and
Dasun Shanaka were named Sri Lanka’s One-day International and Twenty20 International captains for the upcoming tour of Pakistan after 10 players opted out of the series over security reasons. Kusal Mendis was unavailable for selection due to an injury.