“Virat Kohli’s Captaincy Is Similar To That Of M.S. Dhoni” Says Hardik Pandya
If Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav were heroes behind India’s win over England in the first ODI, Hardik Pandya was also played a crucial as he played a crucial innings of 40* in the later part of the innings. Though he started off in a bit of irresponsible fashion but soon after the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja, Pandya realised the need of the hour and just controlled his emotions.
He immediately controlled the blunt style of batting and took every step ahead with an utmost sense of responsibility.
Pandya revealed the story unfolding during the game and the message from Kedar Jadhav as he said, “Kedar was telling me that you can take your time and finish the game. He just told me to play my natural game and not be too conscious about the situation and the wicket. I will remember this innings for a long time because this was the first game where I actually stayed there and finished it off. I kept my calm and took the game to the last over,” Pandya told bcci.tv.
On being asked the difference between Kohli’s and Dhoni’s style of captaincy, Pandya said that both the players have a similar style of captaincy and he cannot figure out a difference between the two, “I don’t think there is any difference between the two. Virat’s style of captaincy is the almost same as Dhoni. Kohli keeps on backing the players and even I felt that because when we were getting hit for boundaries he came up to us and told us not to worry about it too much.
Pandya made his T20I and ODI debut under M.S. Dhoni last year and was part of the T20 World Cup squad 2016, in which Dhoni-led team Indian team qualified for the semi-final stage of the tournament.
“As a bowler and as a player, it gives you a lot of confidence when a captain comes and tells you that it’s okay even if you go for runs. It’s quite amazing the way he gives you the confidence to do whatever you want to do on the field. He will back you so it helps,” Pandya concluded the talk.
Pandya had an all-round contribution in the game as apart from scoring 40* runs, he also scalped two important wickets. Had Pandya not played his part in the later part of the innings, the result could have been different.
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