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India- New Zealand Series

Pandya: Don’t need to prove anything to anyone



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After a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign, India captain Hardik Pandya is looking forward to seeing youngsters in action in the upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand.

Just a few days after the conclusion of the ICC Men's T20I World Cup, India will face New Zealand in a three-match T20I and ODI series, beginning with the first T20I on November 18 in Wellington.

Most of the senior players, including Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli, have been rested for this series, with Pandya named captain for the T20Is. The absence of the senior players provides an excellent opportunity for the youngsters to shine, and Pandya is eager to see how they perform in the series.

"A lot of the main players are not here but at the same time the players who are already here are also playing for India for the last couple years. So, they have also had ample time in international cricket to express themselves and show what they can do. Very excited for them, it's a new bunch, new guys with a lot of new energy. So, it will be quite exciting to watch them play," he told reporters in Wellington on Wednesday.

Pandya also went on to talk about India's big loss in the T20 World Cup semi-final to England. He said that although they are very disappointed with the way things turned out, they need to cope with it and move forward to deliver better performances in the upcoming contests.

"The disappointment is there but we are professionals and we need to cope up with it. We have to cope up with our failures in the same way we treat success and should move forward to get better and rectify our mistakes," he said.

The T20Is will conclude with the third match in Napier on 22 November and the ODIs will kick off in Auckland on 25 November. The tour will come to an end with the third ODI in Christchurch on 30 November.