Sunil Gavaskar was in all awe of the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who scored his first ever Test century in the third Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy.
The legendary batsman went onto compare Pandya with Australian batsman David Warner, who has emerged out as the star for the Kangaroos in all three formats of the game in past few years,
“It’s still early days but Pandya has proven that he has it in himself to succeed in Test cricket. He is a bit like David Warner. I believe that Hardik will follow Warner’s footsteps and become a successful player in all three formats of the game,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
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Pandya has had a satisfying series until the third Test where he struck an impressive century, to show his prowess with the bat as well. In fact, it was his first ever first-class century too, which made the moment more special. The impact of the innings increased manifolds, as Pandya was batting with tailenders when he achieved the three-figure mark.
Along with the that, he also stretched team India’s total, which worked in favour of the visitors and they were not asked to bat again, by virtue of winning the game by a margin of an innings and 171 runs. Pandya was bestowed with Man of the Match award for his fine century.
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Gavaskar was also impressed with team India’s performance and also had an answer for those, who think that the series against Sri Lanka was a cake walk for India,
“It was a tribute to the spirit of the Indian team and the determination that Virat Kohli has brought to the team. Some people will say that the Sri Lanka team was not strong enough but it does not diminish the credibility of this Indian team,” he added.
Team India did not just win the series but also added crucial points in the rankings. Apart from that, there were oodles of records which the team broke, with Virat Kohl becoming first ever captain to whitewash hosts in the series being the most impressive one.
Team India’s next assignment against the hosts, which comprises of five ODIs and one T20I, kicks off from August 20.
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