Will use series break to improve fitness: Pandya

Photo of Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya.

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya today went on to say that the time he will get after been rested for the Sri Lanka series, he will be using that time to enhance his fitness and prepare for the South Africa tour.

The 24-year-old said he will use this break to improve his fitness so that he could perform to the best of his abilities during the South Africa tour.

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India will play three Tests, six One Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals against the Proteas. The first Test begins on January 5 in Cape Town.

“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 for it, when I can give my 100 percent,” Pandya told CNN-News18.

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“I am lucky that I have got this break. I will train in the gym during this break and improve my fitness. I won’t lie, I am really excited for South Africa series. I would like to use this break to improve my fitness for the series,” he added.