Hardik Pandya is fast becoming a trusted batsman for team India at number 6 in ODI cricket. The hard-hitting all-rounder once again performed in difficult circumstances in the final ODI against Australia. Twitter was buzzing after he notched up another half-century in the ODI series. At one stage India was hoping to get a total around 260 runs but a late flourish from Pandya and Jadeja propelled them over 302 runs.
Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten on 92 which he made in mere 76 deliveries The 27-year-old showed amazing skills and temperament and again enhanced his reputation as a specialist batsman. Before the series, a lot of critics believed that Manish Pandey should bat at number 6 if Pandya is not contributing as an all-rounder.
Twitter Praises Hardik Pandya After He Again Dazzles With The Bat
However, the India team backed Hardik as he possesses an X- factor which is imperative in white-ball cricket. Hardik scored a classy 80 in the first ODI at SCG and now again stood tall for India and smashed 92* in quick time. The knock included 7 boundaries and 1 six as his fearless batting took India to a competitive total.
Interestingly Hardik Pandya ends the 3 match ODI series with the most runs for India. After his heroics in this series, Pandya has silenced his doubters in style as he has been the biggest positive for the visitors of the Australian tour so far. He may have missed 2 ODI centuries in the last 3 matches but the signs are positive for India as he goes from strength to strength.
Meanwhile, Twitter was all praises for Hardik Pandya after he again dazzled with the bat. The popular social media platform have also had divided opinions regarding Pandya, but the ODI series has changed it all. Here is how Twitter reacted after Pandya’s superb knock at Canberra.
Hardik Pandya….loved the maturity with which he’s controlled the innings. Twice in three games now. Batting software has been upgraded significantly… 👏👏 #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 2, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 2, 2020
On the back of his ODI batting, Pandya may have forced his way into the Test squad
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 2, 2020
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) December 2, 2020
Hardik Pandya in the ODI series:
– Most runs for India.
– Most fifty for India (with Kohli).
– Highest individual score for India.
– Highest average for India.
– Second most fours for India.
– Most sixes for India. (with Jadeja)
– Second best strike rate for India.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 2, 2020
Hardik Pandya is just too good under pressure, even in the first match he proved that he absolutely deserves to play at No.6 as specialist batsman and today also, wonderful fifty.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) December 2, 2020
— Vimal कुमार (@Vimalwa) December 2, 2020