Hardik Pandya has taken the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League by storm. The all-round star has been in destructive form with the bat for Mumbai Indians.

He once again hit some breathtaking stokes during his unbeaten 37 runs off 16 balls against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.

When asked about his selection in the World Cup squad, he said: “It’s pretty important to have the confidence behind you because World Cup is a big stage. It is for the first time that I am playing. And for me, it was important to keep hitting the ball well because I was away from game for some time. Coming back, it was important for me,” Hardik said at the post-match presentation.

Chasing 171 runs to win, Mumbai needed 22 runs off the last 12 balls. Hardik blasted left-arm spinner Pawan Negi to all parts of the ground to help the hosts chased down the target with six balls remaining.

“I have been doing this for almost four years now for any team I have played for. I have been practicing in the net the same thing. It’s all about the situation. We play according to the situation. If you are smart enough, you will more often get the result which you desire,” Hardik added.

He was part of Team India, which lost to Pakistan in the finale of the Champions Trophy, and he feels that the experienced he gained in that tournament has made him a wiser and thinking cricketer.

“Obviously, Champions Trophy is past. As a cricketer, I have changed. We will have to see how the conditions are. Last time when we went to England, lot of people told me there will be swing, the weather will be nice and cold, but when I went there, I have never played on a flat wicket like that. Depending on the situation, if the situation is similar to how it was in Champions Trophy 2017, it will be helpful for us,” he said.

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