"Obviously when you get into the national side the confidence level goes very high. I knew I'll get picked for the Australia series, so I had to put in more hard work in the practice sessions. So even that helped me a lot. The kind of form I've had in this tournament, I'm going (hoping) to carry it in Australia," said the rookie after smashing 86 not out with eight sixes in 46 balls against Vidarbha here.
"I've been batting quite well in the league stages so I had to carry on with that form. One batsman should play till the end and I'm doing the role for Baroda,” he added.
"I was very happy when I was asked to bat at No. 3. I'm a proper batsman and I've always batted at No. 3. I've said this during IPL as well that if I take a few balls, I can cover it. In today's game as well, I started slowly and then shifted the gears," said Pandya.
Pandya said last season's stint in the high-profile Indian Premier League for the Ricky Ponting-coached Mumbai Indians, the eventual champions had helped a lot in his career which is on an upward curve presently.

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