Pandya supports the strength and fitness personnel

In front of the World Cup that will be contested at home later this year, India will have several virtual preparations in the format, starting with the forthcoming ODI series against Australia. Given that there were two World Cups in the shortest format in the previous two years, it will also be a significant departure from the team's recent schedules where T20Is were the main draw. The replacement of Rohit Sharma as captain for the first ODI will be Hardik Pandya, who doesn't believe the change in formats will be very significant.

Pandya stated the following during a press conference on Thursday, March 16, prior to the three-match One-Day International series against Australia: The One-Day Internationals (ODIs) are simply an extension of the Twenty20 game, which requires numerous adjustments. Because every over and every ball changes the game, you have to be there. In ODIs, there are more predetermined strategies; once you start something, the same strategy may continue for six overs. It is just (about) how we have some control over that period."

The Indian men's team has a full calendar this year, including the IPL, which begins on March 31, the WTC final, and the ODI World Cup. As a result, despite the growing number of injuries in recent years, players' fitness and workload management remain hot topics. Pandya was quick to support the team's strength-and-conditioning staff when asked about that.

Pandya said, "We must have a certain amount of faith in our S&Cs. "I'm a guy who believes in his group. All decisions on workload, who should play when, and who shouldn't play are made by the men themselves because they are professionals. These players are all certain that if they skip a few matches, they will still lose. It's alright. We are confident in that. The management has demonstrated confidence and trust in the players if someone is left out as a result of workload management. That, in my opinion, explains why players who have left have returned with a great deal of security."

Jasprit Bumrah's injury has been a hot topic for a while, but Pandya didn't seem to be bothered by anything. Pandya exhibited faith in the bench strength and supported them to make sure that the top pacer's absence wasn't noticed too much without providing much clarification on the matter.

Bumrah is not India's only significant setback on their path to the 50-over World Cup. Shreyas Iyer, a middle-order batsman who captained Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, suffered a back injury in the just finished Test series against Australia. He has been declared out for the foreseeable future.

Pandya didn't seem to have any information about whether Iyer would play competitive cricket again. There is no timetable, so we can only wish him a speedy recovery and hope for the best. I have been in that situation where back could be an issue... we'll miss him however we need to track down arrangements on the off chance that he isn't anywhere near. He is welcome, of course, if he is. There's a ton of time to contemplate how we can proceed."

Since his injury at the Asia Cup, Pandya has been under workload management and hasn't been used much as a bowler in the white-ball games he has played in. However, he clarified that he felt fit enough to bowl and stated that he would be available if necessary.

Pandya confirmed that wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill will team up at the top of the order with Rohit unavailable due to family obligations. Shubman and Ishan will open. Throughout the year, the wicket appears the same. One of the best courses I've ever played on, I've been playing here for almost seven years. Due to the fact that this wicket will provide equal opportunities for both teams, it will be difficult.

In contrast, Pandya downplayed speculation regarding his availability for the WTC final between India and Australia, which will be held at The Oval from June 7 to 11. Additionally, he emphasized how little game time he had in the game's longest format. Since the England tour in 2018, the 29-year-old has not played in a Test. Pandya has been reduced to a white-ball specialist since suffering a career-threatening back injury during the Asia Cup later that year, despite his enormous potential to succeed across all formats.

"No. I am a morally upright individual. To get there, I haven't done 10 percent. I'm not even in the 1%. Pandya stated, "So me going there and taking someone's place will ethically not go well." I'll work hard to earn a spot in Test cricket if I want to play it. As a result, I will not be able to participate in the WTC final or any subsequent test series until I have earned my spot."

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