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Hardik Pandya’s fitness is crucial: Irfan Pathan | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Hardik Pandya is set to lead India in the three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka, starting January 3, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Former India star all-rounder Irfan Pathan is happy with Hardik’s captaincy approach but issued a warning to team management to focus on the Baroda cricketer’s fitness “if they are considering him as a long-time captain”.
After his captaincy duties in the T20I series, Hardik will also be Rohit Sharma’s deputy in a 3-match ODI series against the Islanders.
“I think from what I have seen with Hardik Pandya’s captaincy for Gujarat Titans or India last year, I can see he has been communicating well,” Pathan said while speaking to Star Sports.
Hardik captained Gujarat Titans to Indian Premier League (IPL) glory in their debut season last year. He also led India to a 1-0 series win over New Zealand in November last year.
“I was impressed with his approach and composure as captain, but India has to keep in mind one thing if they are going to look at him as a long-time captain, then he has to be focussed on his fitness quite a lot. Whether it’s his duty or the team management’s, his fitness is crucial, especially towards the business end of major tournaments,” he said.
“With captaincy, the workload also increases. A captain can’t miss many matches,” Pathan added.
(With inputs from IANS)



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