When Hardik Pandya was picked for the Australian tour, a lot of questions were raised whether the all-rounder from Gujarat is a sensible pick in the squad given that he isn’t going to bowl. In the IPL as well he hadn’t bowled a single delivery for Mumbai Indians which raised concerns whether Hardik Pandya should be included in playing if he isn’t going to bowl or will they rather play a specialist batsman at 6 in the form of Manish Pandey.
But Hardik Pandya just proved everyone wrong as he turned out to be India’s X Factor in the series with regards to the Batting. In the ODI series, Hardik was India’s highest run-scorer with 210 runs which includes two fifties whereas in the T20 series he managed to finish the second T20 for India with his finishing ability. Out and all now it’s safe to say that India can look to consider Hardik Pandya as India’s long term specialist Batsman even if he’s just restricted to batting due an injury.
Post the completion of the T20 series, Hardik Pandya was awarded the man of the series award for his consistent show across all three matches, even though he couldn’t finish things off in the 3rd T20 as he did in the 2nd T20, Hardik Pandya is now regarded as the next big thing in Indian cricket.
I want to spend some time with family – Hardik Pandya
After winning the man of the series award, Hardik said the Indian side looked at the 3rd ODI and the three T20 following that as a four-match series wherein they won three out of the four games. Hardik further added how he hasn’t seen his child in four months so he’d like to head back home and spend time with his family.
“I’m very pleased, and wouldn’t mind getting the Man of the Series award, but it was a team effort. After the 2nd ODI we thought we’d think of this a 4-match series and we managed to get three wins, so happy with that. I don’t mind giving interviews because you only have those when you’re on the winning side. I haven’t seen my child for four months, so I’d like to spend some time with my family right now.”