‘He is a lot calmer now,’ Rohit Sharma hails Hardik Pandya after IND vs PAK nail-biter victory

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India defeated Pakistan by five wickets in a nail-biting encounter, giving both teams a triumphant start to their Asia Cup campaigns. At the last moment of a nail-biting game at the Dubai International Stadium, all-rounder Hardik Pandya had to knock the six to secure victory for India. India’s captain Rohit Sharma discussed the match and stated they were aware of how close the situation was at the midway point.

Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, believes Hardik Pandya has returned with a greater grasp of his style of play and is more certain of his intentions with both bat and ball. In their opening Asia Cup match against longtime rivals Pakistan, India defeated them by a margin of five wickets thanks in large part to Hardik’s all-around performance.

He took three wickets with the ball, including that of the dangerous Mohammad Rizwan, before shining under pressure with an unbeaten 33 off just 17 balls. 

We can win irrespective of the situation

In the post-match press conference, the Indian captain Rohit Sharma said, “Halfway through the chase, we still knew that we can win irrespective of the situation. We had the belief and when you have that belief, these things can happen. It’s about giving clarity to the guys so that they know their roles well. It was a bit challenging but I’ll take wins like this any day over usual victories. Yes, they (India’s pace bowling) have come a long way in the last year or so and they have adapted well to different situations.” 

He is a lot calmer now and more confident, said Captain

Furthermore, he also spoke about Pandya and cited his brilliant all-round show where he not only picked up three wickets but also scored the match-winning 33 off 17 balls.

“Since the time he (Hardik) has made his comeback, he’s been brilliant. When he was not part of the team, he figured out what he needs to do to his body and his fitness regime, and now he is clocking 140+ easily. His batting quality we all know and it’s been brilliant since his comeback. He is a lot calmer now and more confident about what he wants to do, whether it’s with the bat or with the ball. He can bowl really quick, we saw that today with those short balls. It was always about just understanding his game and he’s doing that well now. In a high-pressure chase with 10 runs per over needed, you can panic but he never showed any of that,” he signed off.

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