Sydney: Team India captain Virat Kohli believes that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is now becoming the best match finisher for India. He also said that playing the role of finisher by the all-rounder helps India win the match under any circumstances.
Pandya (Hardik Pandya) may not be able to contribute with the ball but with the bat, he is putting his whole life for the team.
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Hardik Pandya at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) scored an unbeaten 42-run knock off 22 balls to give India a six-wicket win in the match against Australia. After this victory, India has taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20 series.
Kohli said after the match, ‘The reason for Pandya’s inclusion in the team in 2016 was his ability. He is a naturally talented player. They now understand that this is the right time to mold themselves in the role of finishers’.
He said, ‘After playing many T20 matches for IPL and India, now he has become a very experienced player. In the next four-five years, he can become a good batsman in the middle order who can win matches anywhere. You need to be a finisher and they are becoming this for us’.
Pandya (Hardik Pandya) did not bowl in the recent ODI series. Earlier, he had said that he is batting as a batsman. In the ODI series, he scored twice around 90.
Asked whether you consider yourself a batsman or a Finnish, Pandya said that he does not play any role in mind. He said that he plays according to the circumstances.
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Pandya (Hardik Pandya) said after the match, ‘To be honest, it doesn’t matter to me. I always play according to the situation. I play according to the needs of the team.