Transitions are inevitable but Hardik Pandya has ingredients to be successful: Sangakkara | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Transition period in an international team is always ‘difficult to manage’ but India are full of talent and a potentially good leader in Hardik Panda see smoothly through the T20 phase of cricket, believes former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara.
India will play six clean ball games against Sri Lanka in the new year, with Pandya replacing Rohit Sharma as T20I captain from January 3.
The team are also without KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, indicating that Indian cricket will undergo a transition from this series.
“Transition is inevitable. You have to be always ready for it. But you need to support the players to go through the system for it to be effective smoothly,” Sangakkara told PTI during an interaction hosted by Star Sports. , official broadcaster of the next Sri Lanka. tour in India.

“Every team goes through difficult transitions and we saw that in Australia. We saw that in New Zealand for a considerable period of time a while ago, even in England. So you have all these teams going through a transition and the difficulty is a common theme,” he quoted. phenomenon.
For the Lankan legend, it is important to give fresh faces a long rope.
“You have to trust the players you select, trust them for long periods of time, give them the exposure and the base they need, so they can settle into international cricket and understand what it’s all about. is.”
For Sri Lanka in particular, the transition has been very difficult since Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retired.

“India has a host of young players, so it’s just a matter of selecting the best of them and giving them a longer lifespan,” Sangakkara observed.
However, he eloquently said that Pandya watched his captaincy for Gujarat Titans while being a mentor for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
“There is no doubt that his leadership is excellent and we have all seen that in the IPL. Now he has to blend that with captaincy on the pitch at national level. He has all the qualities to be a leader even if you don’t necessarily have to be a captain to be a leader.”
But there are aspects of captaincy that Pandya needs to be aware of and Sangakkara handed the man from Baroda a checklist.
“Now being a captain on the pitch can be a different thing. To read moments, win moments and strategize, you have to be sharp, and I think hardick has all the ingredients to be a good captain.
“The hardest thing is to inspire, to speak and to manage your players in a group together to play with a vision and the rest will come with experience, being captain in tight games,” he added.
As for India’s new T20 team, Sangakkara would follow Ruturaj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson.
“I love watching Ruturaj Gaikwad’s stick and he is a player who can hit well and yet has a huge impact on T20 cricket and of course Sanju Samson because I want to see Sanju have a long run in this Indian team.
“Because he is a very special player, they have a good mix of pace, spin and utility players. It will be a tough challenge for Sri Lanka but in T20 they have tools to match them.”
The Asian champions in this format are a force to be reckoned with.
“You have skipper Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis. They have a top command which can allow SL to set big totals.
“A central and late order with skipper Shanaka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Wanindu Hasaranga SL beats deep and we have the spin combo of Mahesh Theeksana and Hasaranga, complete with the raw rhythm of Lahiru Kumara and Dilshan Madhusanka.
The pants must work on his outfit
Rishabh Pant is not part of the white ball games against Sri Lanka and Sangakkara thinks more than the stick, it is his outfit that needs improvement.
“I think for a Rishabh Pant can improve his wicket keeping a bit. A lot of people just focus on his stick, and it’s a combination of the two that increases confidence.
“I know it’s hard and boring but he can really get good at focusing on the smaller moments and that will in turn help him in white ball cricket and then he will become the keeper he’s meant to be. to become.”
When it comes to the staff, Sangakkara wants it to be judicious in its choice of who to attack and when to attack.
“In his bat I have no doubt he has all the shots, ability and talent, but it’s about understanding how you build an innings in T20 cricket, knowing which bowlers to attack and being kinda smart.”
The T20 isn’t just for young people
Is T20, with its demands, increasingly becoming a game where players pushing into their mid-30s or late-30s become less relevant?
“I never thought it was about age. I just look at skill and I think it’s a game for the most skilled players. Cricket is a game for the most skilled players and those who are the best of the most skilled will only survive.
“You have to perform. If you don’t, then nothing works. This is a game for the ultra-skilled, who are creative and quick to solve problems,” he concluded.


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