Former batter Sunil Gavaskar lauded Hardik Pandya for bringing in a lot of maturity in his game. On Sunday, July 17, after India beat England by five wickets in the third ODI, Hardik won the Player of the Series award for scoring 100 runs at an average of 50 and picking up six wickets.
In the third ODI at Old Trafford in Manchester, Pandya picked up four wickets of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone. Thereafter, he scored a 55-ball 71 and was also involved in a 133-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Rishabh Pant.
“The maturity that has come into his cricket is incredible. If you have an all-rounder coming in to bat at No.5 or 6, who can pace the innings, accelerate at any given time and hit the sixes, it’s fantastic,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying to India Today.
“Also, coming in the middle overs when batters are looking to score the runs, bowling those overs and getting wickets, he is doing it brilliantly. It’s really good to see Hardik Pandya coming good,” he stated.
Pant also earned the Player of the Match in the first T20I against Jos Buttler’s Three Lions. In that game, he scored his maiden T20I half-century and picked up four wickets.
Gavaskar, in the meantime, said that India shouldn’t be concerned about their top-order’s lack of form. He said that the trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan has plenty of cricket left in their tank.
“I don’t think it’s a point of concern. All these players have had magnificent careers. Let’s not be in a rush as they have plenty of time to contribute to Indian cricket. They still have a lot left in the tank.
“If the lower order and middle-order are also failing like the top-order, then you, maybe, need to look at other options,” Gavaskar added.
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