Bristol - Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya says his team's
win in the T20 international series against England is a stepping stone for the
upcoming 50 over series.
Pandya played a major role in Sunday's deciding match at
Bristol with bat and ball taking four for 38 and scoring a rapid 33 not out
that helped India get past England's 198-9 total.
The 24-year-old had a nightmare start to his afternoon when
he conceded 22 from his first over before bouncing back with a match-winning
And Pandya says he and his side are on an upward learning
curve heading into the five one-day games that kick off in Nottingham on
"I am always learning the game and making sure I am
always learning from my mistakes in every game I play in," he told
reporters at Bristol.
"We have a fantastic supporting staff and leaders who
give us immense confidence to go and express ourselves.
"We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking
about what has got to happen. We are just playing our best cricket and when you
do that you end up doing well.
"When I went for 22 in an over I thought the T20 is a
funny format and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls.
Virat Kohli (captain) asked me and I told him I was okay - if you come and take
wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. I just had to
make sure I kept it simple."
England had got off to a flier, reaching 43 off four overs
and 118 for two of 10 overs before being reeled in by the Indian bowlers and
posting a total that was 20 or 30 runs short.
Kohli said: "The comeback from the bowlers was
outstanding - I thought they would end up getting 225 or 230 which would have
"The character showed was something we are really proud
of and as captain I was very happy to see that. We had to bowl wicket taking
deliveries because 20 or 30 runs can be massive."
England left Joe Root off their side to make room for Ben
Stokes who had a month off with a hamstring injury.
Root has been struggling for form in the T20 game making
nought and nine in his previous two innings but captain Eoin Morgan said he
will back for the one-day game at Trent Bridge.
Morgan said: "It was a difficult decision leaving Joe
out. There is a lot of competition for places and that gives everyone a nudge
to be playing better.
"Joe was understanding and disappointed he was missing
out but that changes going forward in the 50-over game."