Tuesday, 14 November 2017 - 15:30
Indian all-rounder clears air over his omission from Test squad


India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has revealed that he himself asked for the break to manage his niggles.
He was initially picked in the squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka Tests and subsequently 'rested in consultation with the team management'.
"To be honest, I asked for it. My body wasn't up to it, I was getting niggles because of the amount of cricket that I have played. I want to play cricket when I am totally up to it when I can give my 100 percent," Pandya has told CNN-News18.
Pandya has featured in 30 of the 33 matches India has played - across formats - since the start of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.
In fact, since being fast-tracked to international cricket nearly two years ago, Pandya has played 24 T20Is, 29 ODIs, and three Tests. The all-rounder admitted that such a workload took a toll on him.
"I have not played this much cricket in my total cricketing career in such a short time. As an all-rounder, it's difficult. I do my bowling, I do my batting, I do fielding as well, and managing my workload is very important right now because I have not played much cricket in my life," he said.
Pandya also revealed that he plans on using this time off to work on improving his fitness and be fully prepared for a vigorous tour of South Africa that starts with Test series on January 5.
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