Former Indian opener, Aakash Chopra has put forward his opinion on Hardik Pandya’s batting saying it has grown by leaps and bounds since he stopped bowling regularly. Pandya made an exceptional change in the scoreboard at the last moment by achieving 92* and has earned appreciation for the same in the last ODI against Australia.
Aakash Chopra made this observation while lauding the Baroda all-rounder’s exceptional knock in the third ODI against Australia in a video shared on his YouTube channel. Aakash Chopra started by praising Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja for their match-winning partnership.
Hardik Pandya Was Absolutely Sensational: Aakash Chopra
“Hardik Pandya was absolutely sensational and so was Ravindra Jadeja. They were outstanding,” Aakash Chopra said in a video posted on his Youtube channel.
The reputed commentator pointed out that Hardik Pandya’s batting has improved by several notches since he stopped bowling while also appreciating him for playing as per the prevailing circumstances.
“It seems Hardik Pandya’s batting software has got upgraded since he left bowling. Hardik Pandya is batting as per the demands of the situation. He plays defensively at the start and after that bats aggressively.He picks the bowlers. Earlier he used to pick the spinners only but now he even hits the fast bowlers in a democratic fashion. He is growing in stature and how. And let me recommend, I feel he should be played at No.5 in T20 cricket,” Chopra further stated.
Will Go With Hardik Pandya For Man Of The Match: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra named Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur in the list of Man Of The Match according to yesterday’s winning inning. But picked-up Hardik Pandya for the player of the day.
“Ravindra Jadeja is a candidate, Shardul Thakur is the other candidate and the third one is Hardik Pandya. I am going with Hardik because if he had not scored those runs, this game was over as India was already five down,” he said in this in his YouTube video.
“He actually deserved a century. In fact, he has been outstanding throughout the series. He has done exceedingly well and he is just claiming a spot as a batsman. It is heartening to see the maturity, calmness and awareness Hardik Pandya is showing as a batsman. I am so so happy for Hardik for the chart of his growth. Just keep getting better,” Chopra further said.
Aakash Chopra also tweeted about Hardik’s calmness and maturity.
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
Team India successfully salvaged a win in the ODI series after having lost the first two games. The battle will now shift in the T20Is as the Men in Blue take on the Australians in the first T20I of the three-match series on December 04.