‘Right now I am playing for India’ – Hardik Pandya’s Stern Reply Over Kane Williamson’s Indian T20 League Future

By Daniel S

November 16, 2022

The Men In Blue will take on the Kiwis in a three-match T20I series from 18 November 2022. After a humiliating loss in the semi-final of the 20-20 World Cup 2022 against England, it will be a fresh start for team India. However. Big-name players will not be available as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been given a rest from this whole tour.

On the other hand, all the franchises of the Indian T20 League submitted their final list of all retained and released players for the next season. The Hyderabad franchise released their skipper Kane Williamson. So, the reporter came up with a question for Pandya regarding the future of the Kiwi skipper in that league. But, Pandya’s reply has gone viral ahead of the series.

Here is the shared video:

“Don’t know, too far ahead to think about it now” – Hardik Pandya about Kane Williamson

Speaking of the video, reporters got the opportunity to ask some questions to the Indian skipper, Hardik Pandya. Meanwhile, Pandya is the skipper of the Gujarat franchise as well. So, a reporter asked him if Williamson has any future in that league after being released by the Hyderabad franchise.

In response to that, Pandya said: “Don’t know, too far ahead to think about it now. For him, because he is a friend, yes. Rest it is okay. Indian T20 League is Indian T20 League, right now I am playing for India.” It was quite a stern reply from the Indian skipper ahead of the T20I series against the Kiwis.

Pandya also said that the roadmap of team India for the next 20-20 World Cup will start from this series. “Next T20 World Cup is in two years’ time … The roadmap starts now. Also, the (ODI) World Cup is there in India next (year), it’s a different format … than what we’re going to play in the next three games but it’s an important series for a lot of the boys. Eventually, if they do well here, they will be able to put a strong case going forward.” Hardik Pandya concluded.