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Pandya clears the air, says he himself asked for break

New Delhi : Clearing the ambiguity over his absence from the Indian squad for the Test series against Sri Lanka, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has revealed that he himself had requested the team management for rest since he was not feeling 100 percent fit. Pandya was included in the squad before being rested. The BCCI media release did not clarify whether it was a case of fatigue or injury.
“To be honest, I asked for it. My body wasn’t up to it. I was getting niggles because of the amount of cricket I have played. I want to play when I am totally up for it, when I can give my 100 per cent,” said Pandya. “I am lucky I got this break. I will train in the gym during this break and improve my fitness. I am really excited about the South Africa series. I would like to use this break to improve my fitness.” Pandya will spend the break at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Pandya said he was hopeful of making a difference in South Africa with his all-round abilities. “Yes, I am really excited. People are talking about it. It’s a much-hyped series. I like challenges in life, they keep me going. Who knows I might be the difference there. I am sure we are going to play very well,” he said.

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