Michael Bevan, the former Australian middle-order batsman, heaped praise on Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his phenomenal performance while batting against Australia in the Canberra ODI- the 3rd match in the series.
The 50-year-old Australian regarded as a finisher in his era stated on Instagram that he enjoyed watching Hardik Pandya batting in the middle.
Michael Bevan Loved Watching Hardik Pandya Bat
India were in a spot of bother again after being reduced to 152/5 in 32 overs despite captain Virat Kohli’s half-century. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja joined Hardik Pandya in the middle of the crease after Virat Kohli’s departure.
The two Gujarat-based all-rounders then steadied the ship before taking the opposition bowling attack somewhat inexperienced without the presence of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc to the cleaners. Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya added an unbeaten 150 runs for the sixth wicket as India finished with 302 runs in their 50 overs.
While left-handed Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten on 66, his partner missed out on a well-deserved century by eight runs again after scoring 90 in the first game.
Michael Bevan was much impressed with Hardik Pandya’s swashbuckling innings, and he made his thoughts known by commentating on ICC’s Instagram post on the unbeaten half-century. Michael Bevan, himself a finisher, was pleased with his batting prowess.
Hardik Pandya Ends Series As Leading Run Scorer For India
With the likes of top class specialist batsmen Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Shikhar Dhawan in the Indian line-up, none would have expected Hardik Pandya to emerge as India’s best batsman in this ODI series. But the Mumbai Indians all-rounder, who played as a specialist batsman in IPL 2020, overcame his back issues and played a couple of fantastic knocks for the Indian team.
He started the series with a splendid, powerful knock of 90(76) at Sydney. In the second and next match, he scored 28 runs off 31 deliveries. In the 3rd match, he smacked 92 runs from 76 balls with 7 fours and a solitary 6 to end the series with 210 runs in three games- the most by an Indian batsman.
Unfortunately, he could not record his maiden ODI hundred again despite playing substantial innings for the second time. Still, the Indian team think tank would be much satisfied with Hardik Pandya’s progress and performance even as a specialist batsman at number six especially after wicket-keeper MS Dhoni’s retirement.
Hardik Pandya also bowled after a year gap in 2nd ODI conceding 24 runs and picking prized scalp of centurion Steve Smith in 4 overs.