India won the T20I series in New Zealand by a margin of 1-0, but the likes of Sanju Sanson and Umran Malik were not given a chance. When captain Hardik Pandya was asked about the absence of two players, he said the ones who didn’t get the opportunity would definitely get a long run in the future.
“Pehli baat toh bahar kaun kya bol raha hai useh ye level pe farak nahi padta. Ye meri team hai. Coach aur mujhe jo theek lagega, jo side hume chahiye hoga, hum wo khilayenge. There is a lot of time left, and they will get a long run. If the series had more matches, we would have included them. I don’t believe in too many changes and won’t do it in the future either,” he said.
Hardik gave Deepak Hooda’s example saying the team management wanted a sixth-bowling option, so they tried out Hooda, and it worked. He took four wickets in the second match and did well in the third game.
Chasing 161 to win, India were 75 for four, which was at par with the DLS score when the match was called off due to rain. The game ended in a tie, but India won the series based on their win in the second contest.