Dinesh Karthik said of Hardik, “He’s the one in the Indian squad that wants the big moments after Virat Kohli.”
Hardik Pandya, according to Dinesh Karthik, naturally takes the initiative. The all-rounder is one of the very few, like Virat Kohli, who thrives in high-pressure circumstances, according to the former KKR captain who has played a lot of cricket with and against Hardik at various levels.
Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik believes that Hardik Pandya’s desire to take on difficult duties has a big part to play in his quick ascension to leadership in the Indian cricket squad. In white-ball cricket, it is very difficult to find a successor for Hardik since he has recovered from his back ailment, but what has been most amazing is his willingness to take on the challenging responsibility and act as the team’s captain.
It became clear during his first significant task as Gujarat Titans captain. Despite returning from a back injury, he did not hesitate to take the fresh ball. In order to provide players like Rahul Tewatia and David Miller the opportunity to serve as finishers, he chose to bat at No. 3 or 4.
Even as captain of India’s T20I team, Hardik has begun to assume the same duties. In T20I matches, he almost always bowls the first ball because India is playing without Jasprit Bumrah and has chosen to give Mohammed Shami a break. He bats at No. 5 in order to act as the link between the top and middle orders.
Karthik claimed that Hardik does this effortlessly. The all-rounder is one of the very few, like Virat Kohli, who thrives in high-pressure circumstances, according to the former KKR captain who has played a lot of cricket with and against Hardik at various levels.
I think he naturally excels at accepting the difficult obligations. He seems to live for those big games from what I’ve seen. If I’ve seen anyone after Virat (Kohli) who wants those big games, I believe it’s Hardik Pandya. I believe you should also include (Jasprit) Bumrah on that list, but among the batters, I’d say Hardik Pandya enjoys playing on stage. Because of this, he won’t be overly concerned about his batting consistency. He is someone who seeks to close those gaps in his bowling abilities as well. He will come up with the slower ones if it is the middle overs.If it’s with the new ball, we saw that he can bowl really effectively with the ball in the Indore ODI as well,” Karthik stated on Cricbuzz.
In the series-opening T20I against New Zealand in Ranchi, which India lost by 21 runs, Hardik, however, did not have the best of games. The all-rounder was dismissed for 21 off 20 at a critical stage in India’s chase after giving up 33 runs in his three overs.
No one even anticipated the wicket playing that way, thus neither team expected it to. However, they played superior cricket on this, which is why the outcome was what it was. Actually, the new ball was turning more than the previous one, and we were caught off guard by the way it spun and bounced. However, we managed to recover and stayed in the game up until Surya and I started to bat. Looking back, I don’t think this wicket was 177; we bowled poorly and gave up 20–25 runs. Since they are a new bunch, we will only gain knowledge from them.It was Washington against New Zealand today based on the way he bowled, batted, and fielded. He said following the game, “We needed someone who can bat and bowl, give us a lot of confidence, and that would benefit us moving ahead.”
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