hardik pandya

Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar lauded Hardik Pandya’s bowling performance in the T20 World Cup opener, praising his ability to bowl a full quota of overs and adapt his strategy to the pitch conditions.

Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya faced heavy criticism during IPL 2024, with fans questioning his form and team switch. However, he silenced his doubters with a crucial bowling performance in India’s opening T20 World Cup match against Ireland.

Pandya, the 30-year-old Baroda-born cricketer, scalped three wickets while conceding only 27 runs in his four overs. His performance drew praise from legendary batter Sunil Gavaskar, who highlighted Pandya’s ability to bowl a full quota of overs.

“When you are playing for India it’s huge. It’s humongous. The way he was running in, what was impressive was that he bowled his four over on the trot. Not that he bowled two overs and took a break. That is a test that also had to be run. He has also come through that test very, very impressively,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports.

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Gavaskar further noted that Pandya’s willingness to adapt his bowling approach based on the pitch conditions was a key factor in his success. “There was a lot of swing on offer in the initial overs. He took advantage of that by bowling full, which was a smart adjustment considering his usual tendency to bowl back of a length,” said Gavaskar of Pandya.

Pandya himself acknowledged this change in strategy, stating, “On this wicket, I needed to be a lot fuller to be in the game.”

Speaking of the match, India restricted Ireland to 96 runs in the first innings, thanks in part to Pandya’s bowling performance. Chasing this modest target, India emerged victorious by eight wickets, with contributions from skipper Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant.

While the team’s overall performance deserves mention, Pandya’s bowling display, echoing Gavaskar’s praise, serves as a strong response to the criticism he faced earlier.

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Last Updated on June 6, 2024