Hardik Pandya Impresses 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid With Mature Approach

While Pandya's crucial 78 led the team's run chase in Indore, Yadav impressed with his maiden hat-trick in the second worldwide. "I mean you can't score every day but yes, backing yourself is pretty important", Pandya said.

After clinching the series, Pandya, in his typical swagger, stated that reading the situation was important. When I was told I was going to go out to bat next, I was happy. On Sunday, he showed his batting isn't just about six hitting. On his way back to the bowling mark, Cummins sledged Pandya who had arrived at the non-striker's end after taking the single.

India have already sealed victory in the 5-match ODI series after winning the first three matches, thereby leapfrogging South Africa to the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

Hardik Pandya replied to Sanga's tweet and called him "Sir". "That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and eventually one over changed the momentum in that game (In Chennai ODI)". It was India's head coach Ravi Shastri who backed Pandya to go in early in the runchase.

Staying put at the crease, Pandya slog swept Agar's first delivery for a six over the deep mid wicket region. "Rather than seeing it as a challenge, I saw it as an opportunity to do something nice for the team".

After Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane gave the hosts a steady start, in-form all-rounder Hardik Pandya regaled the packed stands at the Holkar Stadium with some power-packed batting lower down the order. "This is the first time I played so many balls, so it was great", he said. The cricketing world is still looking for a term for these explosive batsmen who also take wickets as they enthral crowds with their pyrotechnics. I wanted to target the left-arm spinner.

"We are loving the ratings, but if we are a little more pragmatic then you will realise that the Indian team in the previous year or so haven't been stretched by the opposition". Pandya's bowling too is getting better with each outing. "I thought the way they played, they took the game away, executed it really well, got themselves ahead of the scoring rate and set it up for the rest of the guys".

However legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi believes India have not been tested by opposition teams, barring the Champions Trophy final in June against Pakistan which they lost by 180 runs.

"This concept of "play your natural game", which I hear all the time, frustrates me because there's no such thing in my belief as 'natural game.' It's only about how you play different situations", Dravid said.

Pandya's performances have made him cynosure of all eyes with pundits calling him the next Kapil Dev.

  • Delores Daniels