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3rd T20I: I look to keep it simple and back my gut feeling, says Hardik on his captaincy philosophy

Ahmedabad, Feb 2 (IANS) India skipper Hardik Pandya, who played a vital role in India’s win against New Zealand in the third T20I, on Wednesday highlighted his captaincy philosophy, saying that he looks to keep things simple and backs his gut.

After playing a valuable knock (30 off 17), Hardik also produced a magical performance with the ball, becoming India’s most successful bowler on the day with his superb figures of 4-16 as India hammered New Zealand by 168 runs in the third T20I.

“To be honest, I always play the game like this (On doing things out of the box). I try to read what is required, not have preconceived ideas. In my captaincy, I look to keep it simple and back my gut. I have a simple rule – if I go down, I will go down on my terms,” Pandya said in the post-match presentation.

The 29-year-old, who got the Player of the Series Award, credited the support staff for the success.

“I don’t mind winning (man of the series award), but there were so many performances here that were exceptional. This Man of the Series and trophy goes out to the whole support staff, I’m happy for all of them,” he said.

Asked about the decision to bat first, the skipper recalled the IPL 2022 final when he was leading the Gujarat Titans and said that he wanted to make the decider match a normal one.

“We’ve spoken about taking challenges. When we played the IPL final, we felt the second innings was more spicy but on this surface today I wanted to make it a normal game because it was a decider. Hence, we batted first. Hopefully, we can continue performing like this,” said Hardik.