Hardik Pandya has excelled in white-ball cricket ever since making a full recovery from an injury. The all-around player helped Gujarat Titans win the Indian Premier League in their first season and has also contributed significantly on the international stage.

In India’s two victories against Pakistan in 2021, Pandya excelled. The first time was during the Asia Cup, and the second time was during the T20 World Cup when he and Virat Kohli led India to an exciting win as he remained steady in the middle.

The Men in Blue will now be led by Pandya in the next T20Is against Sri Lanka, which begins on Wednesday in Mumbai. His track record as India’s captain is strong, and he recently guided his side to a 1-0 victory over New Zealand in a T20I series that took place just after the World T20 in Australia.

Pandya gave a terrific answer when asked what further he hopes to do despite having an impressive résumé. Before the first T20I, Pandya said to the media “Things were quite different a year ago. It has been a great year for me since I left the sport, which was my decision to devote time to improving at it. Of course, the World Cup would have been nice, but it is just part of life. We attempted it, but it was unsuccessful. Moving ahead, what do I want to accomplish? There is much to do, sir, and I haven’t made any progress. looking forward to the next World Cup. The objective will be to win each of the World Cups that will be placed over many years.

Pandya hasn’t played in a Test match in more than four years, even though he is still an important part of the limited-overs setup. The all-rounder has only played 11 Tests so far, and his supporters undoubtedly want to see him return to wearing white.

When asked the same question, Pandya replied, “‘When will I be seen in whites?’ Let me first totally embody the color blue before I speak about the whites.”

When asked whether he had any New Year’s goals, Pandya immediately mentioned the forthcoming World Cup as his “main” objective for 2023.

“The greatest resolution and I don’t believe there can be a larger one, is to win the World Cup. Want to win the World Cup and we will try everything possible in our capacity to go out there, give everything and I think things are looking right,” said India’s stand-in skipper.