The Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya has credited former Indians skipper MS Dhoni for his latest success in Indian Premier League.
Pandya, in both the matches for Mumbai Indians, starred with the bat, especially in the death overs.
Pandya said that it has been Dhoni’s advice that has helped him to improve his batting,
“You can say one thing that I have taken a lot of advice from Mahi (MS Dhoni) Bhai. During the series against England, I had the opportunity to talk to Mahi Bhai often and I took a lot of suggestions from him regarding improvement on my batting as well as bowling,” Pandya was quoted by One India.
“Playing as a finisher in the death overs in either One-Day international or in a T-20 match is very tough. It becomes a totally mental game at that time. Dhoni gave me some priceless suggestions as he said to calculate the remaining runs and overs left while going in to bat.”
“But at the same time, Dhoni’s suggestion was not to look at the scoreboard after every delivery while batting. At the same time, Dhoni also gave tips on another thing. That was to make an assessment of the opponent bowlers. This helps to take possession on the pitch after going to bat. I am truly indebted to the former Indian skipper for his valuable suggestions,” he added.
In the first game against Rising Pune Supergiant, Pandya played an innings of 35* in just 15 deliveries, which also included four sixes and a boundary of Dinda’s and last over of Mumbai Indians innings.
His innings helped Mumbai to put up a total of 184 on the board. Though his team lost the game but we saw a different Pandya on that day.
In the second game, Pandya finally steered his team to a win by with his aggressive innings of 29 in just 11 deliveries batting at a strike rate of 236.63. It was Pandya, who scored 19 runs in the five deliveries of the last over off Trent Boult to help Mumbai win their first game.
In his three-year stint with the two-times champions, Pandya has performed out of the box and his strike rate has been none less than been a dream for any batsman, as Pandya just comes in and slams every bowler coming his way.
Surely, the all-rounder would like to emulate his performance in international cricket as well, to earn the tag of the best finisher, a badge which Dhoni wore for long.