Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman lauded Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja for playing a mature knock when India was floundering during the dead-rubber ODI against Australia in Canberra.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja shared an unbeaten 150 runs stand for the sixth wicket to take India’s total to 302. In reply, Australia was all out for 289 runs, and India won the match by 13 runs to avoid the clean sweep.
In the column written for Times of India, VVS Laxman wrote that India was in trouble had Pandya and Jadeja not allianced after the consecutive loss of top-order batsman. He stated that the partnership between the two all-rounders speaks about how mature and composed batsman they have grown up.
“India were in a spot when they lost Shreyas, KL Rahul, and Virat in quick succession. Another wicket then, and the advantage of the toss would have been totally frittered away. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja ensured that didn’t happen with an outstanding partnership that underpinned their growing maturity and composure as batsman,” VVS Laxman maintained.
Ravindra Jadeja trust his game a lot: VVS Laxman
Laxman said that Jadeja’s self-confidence as a batsman has grown after his knock in World Cup 2019 semifinal against New Zealand albeit it went in vain. He stated that he backs his skill and trust his game. Jadeja scored unbeaten 66 runs off 50 balls, striking five boundaries and three sixes while Hardik scored 92* runs off 76 balls to push the team past 300.
“Jadeja’s batting has gone to another level following his World semifinal half-century against New Zealand. He trusts his game a lot more and is thinking like a batsman. He and Pandya complemented each other beautifully to push the team past 300,” VVS Laxman wrote.