“Ro gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom, which is his strength throughout his captaincy stint whenever I have played with him,” Pandya said.
After winning 2-1 over West Indies in St. Kitts, Pandya said that Sharma wanted the side to change the way they played from what had been done for the past five-six years under the leadership of former captain Virat Kohli. Previously, the team had shown a consistently aggressive batting approach since the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“Here as well, a lot of credit goes to him and Rahul Dravid the way they have got the team together and making sure a lot of positive mindset comes in and players are feeling secure," Pandya said.
"They are not looking over their shoulder—making sure they are getting ample chances—they are getting told as well if they are not playing, and that is something which is commendable," Pandya said.
Pandya said the team discussed whether they should keep their aggressive batting approach. He said the captain told India players they would keep trying different things with the 2022 T20 World Cup in mind.
One of the things that team India has tried is to open a series with Suryakumar Yadav.
“The way we are putting bowlers under pressure, even they are thinking that this Indian team, even if it is 10 for 3, will not look to play out the 20 overs,” Pandya said.
“It is thinking that how can we reach 190 even from here. That attitude is making this team look more dangerous, and we will try to continue that.”
Sharma said India had not been playing conservative T20I cricket in the past few years and that the only thing he changed was giving the team more freedom in their play.