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IPL heroics boost Pandya's confidence ahead of World Cup

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 India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is looking to gain confidence from his match-winning performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the 50-over World Cup, the 25-year-old has said, Euronews reports.

Pandya, who missed India's limited overs home series against Australia in February and March with a lower back injury, returned for the Mumbai Indians' IPL campaign and has averaged 46.50 in eight matches so far, remaining not out four times.

The 25-year-old was named in India's 15-man World Cup squad on Monday as the team's first choice all-rounder in the showpiece event in England and Wales.

"It's pretty important to have confidence, the World Cup is a big stage and this is the first time I'm playing," Pandya told reporters after helping Mumbai beat visitors Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.

"I was out of the game for some time... Everyone has setbacks and I wanted to improve, I got some time for my body as well. The time I spent out (of the game) is helping me right now because I'm in a good mind space."

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