The Test series between India and Australia earlier this year saw a lot of bad blood between the two sides as the two skippers - Virat Kohli and Steven Smith - refused to back down against the opposition with their verbal volleys. Meanwhile, in the third ODI in Indore, Pandya blasted a fluent 78 as India registered a comfortable five-wicket win over Australia in the third ODI to grab the number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings. (In Chennai) when Zampa was bowling, I knew I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted. If he bats at six, he bats in a particular way. But the man of the moment was Hardik Pandya.
Pandya's knock on Sunday included 5 fours and 4 sixes while Ali hit seven 4s and a whopping 8 sixes in his knock. "That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and grabbed it with both hands", the all-rounder pointed out. "I see these situations as opportunities".
"If you want to think that way, you can, I have no problems". When I was told I was going to go out to bat next, I was happy. It's pretty important that I read the game.
"I've been watching India v Australia and I've detected that young Mr Kohli has a lot to say when a wicket falls", Llyod, who is known as Bumble wrote in his column on Skysports.com.
"It does not make any difference where I bat", Pandya asserted.
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Pandya also dismissed suggestions that the team was under pressure while chasing an imposing 294 on Sunday after losing four top-order batsmen.
Hardik Pandya replied to Sanga's tweet and called him "Sir". On his way back to the bowling mark, Cummins sledged Pandya who had arrived at the non-striker's end after taking the single. Between overs five and nine, Rohit struck three each of boundaries and sixes while Rahane joined the act with three boundaries in the 10th over as India completed the powerplay with a score of 68 for naught. "This is the first time I played so many balls, so it was great", said Pandya, with a smile on his face.
"This concept of "play your natural game", which I hear all the time, frustrates me because there's no such thing in my belief as 'natural game.' It's only about how you play different situations", Dravid said. "Well, obviously when they were 207 for 1 or so in 35 overs, even we thought they might get to 330-340, being practical since we ourselves play so much cricket".
But his aggression has cut short a few of his promising innings and Dravid, who has worked with Pant for over two years now, stressed on the importance of providing the players with a learning environment.
Pandya's performances have made him cynosure of all eyes with pundits calling him the next Kapil Dev.