There is no denying the fact that the Baroda born Hardik Pandya is the best all-rounder available in the country at the moment. His absence had a telling effect in the Indian team in the recently concluded one day international series against the New Zealand where the Kiwis clobbered 3-0 to complete a comprehensive white-wash against India.
The balance he brings to the Indian side is inestimable irrespective of the format of the game. India hasn’t been great in producing genuine pace bowling all-rounders but Hardik Pandya is surely one of them.
The all-rounder who is playing after an injury lay-off looks in ominous touch as he is playing like he was never on a break. He smashed another brilliant century in today’s game and while before he faced his first ball he did a unique warm-up which made the fans go crazy and trolled him in social media.
The fans got reminded of his infamous Koffee with Karan saga where he got suspended from the international for a brief period due to his controversial speech along with KL Rahul.
The DY Patil T20 tournament is the first competitive tournament that Hardik Pandya is playing in a long time and he just seems to enjoy the outing. He has smashed 2 centuries with the bat and has taken buckets of wickets with the ball.
Hardik Pandya in this DY Patil T20 Tournament:
38, 105, 46 & 158*.
347 runs @ 115.66 and 234.45 SR.
3/26, 5/26, 2/39 & 1/6.
8.81 average with 6.90 Strike Rate and 7.40 economy.
He is also expected to be named in the Indian squad that will face the South Africans for a short ODI series just before the start of the IPL.