It was lunch on day 2 of India versus South Africa, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara had led the dogged fight through their defense before one went on to hit Rohit”s pads and India lost him. Post lunch India were bruised by some more blows, three, in particular, Pujara Ashwin and Saha went away in a jiffy.
Watching this from the other end was Hardik Pandya who started off vulnerably to Steyn and Rabada and in fact got dropped on 15 by Dean Elgar behind the stumps it was then Pandya decided to go for a counter attack, he started off by upsetting Philander”s rhythm by dancing down the track to him and got a boundary on the onside that got him going and Pandya didn”t look back at all.
There was a signature ramp shot above the wicketkeeper and shots around the ground that made everyone take notice, it was the kind of innings that should fill him with a lot of confidence as it came against perhaps one of the best bowling attacks in the world, as this 93 overrun a ball came against Steyn, Rabada, Philander, Morkel on a pitch which is still doing something and on which India”s top order more pronounced batsmen got blown away.
It came on the Great Kapil Dev”s birthday and what a tribute Hardik Pandya gave to India”s legendary allrounder by following this up with two wickets when India came out to bowl.
It was a terrific display of all-roundness in difficult conditions against a top class opponent and one which Hardik will never forget.
Well, the social media went into the buzz as well, with this innings various cricketing pundits shared the accolades that Hardik received from this innings by people around the globe.
It gave Indian cricket it”s first sight into what all-around potential Hardik Pandya can give to this Indian side especially overseas.
Here Is Twitter Reaction:
Hardik Pandya didnt just attack. This was a sensible, cleverly played innings. Has risen many notches as a player.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 6, 2018
One's stature as a player increases when one scores overseas and against an attack comprising Steyn, Rabada, Morkel & Philander when everyone else has struggled, Hardik Pandya shows how it is done. Privilege to watch that 93.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 6, 2018
Hardik Pandya's 93 reminds one of Kapil Dev's fabulous 129 against a rampaging Allan Donald at Port Elizabeth in 1992!#SAvIND
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 6, 2018
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 6, 2018
Other Indian Batsmen : Bowl is swinging & bouncing , its very difficult to bat.
— Boring… (@graphicalcomic) January 6, 2018
Hardik Pandya now has more runs in one inning than total runs scored by Rohit Sharma in his entire career in SA (59).#SAvIND
— Akshay Sharma (@Kohlify) January 6, 2018
— Deepen (@lolbuddhu) January 6, 2018
— Deepen (@lolbuddhu) January 6, 2018
Hardik Pandya is more than an all rounder. He is a batsman, a bowler and a commentator. #SAvIND
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) January 6, 2018
Well done @hardikpandya7 great intent,approach,fighting spirit.. This inn will give you lots of confidence..Good to see you r chipping in with ball as well by taking those 2 wickets.. keep going..guys let’s do it tom @BCCI #INDvSA
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 6, 2018
Great innings buddy @hardikpandya7
— Manish Pandey (@im_manishpandey) January 6, 2018
— Self Isolated Sunil (@1sInto2s) January 6, 2018
— Shrikant (@MrShrikantK413) January 6, 2018
It seems like Hardik Pandya playing Dandiya with South Africa!
Amazing with bat and ball.
— Anit Ghosh (@Indianit07) January 6, 2018
Well played #HardikPandya… Innings of very high pedigree ????????
— Mikkhail Vaswani (@MikkhailVaswani) January 6, 2018
This Innings of Hardik Pandya will remember For Long Time #SAvIND
— Rajesh Khilare (@Cricrajeshpk) January 6, 2018
— Chef Meghna (@MeghnaFoodMagic) January 6, 2018
– by Kashish Chadha