Caught by the stump mic, Hardik Pandya’s pre-winning six instructions to Tilak Varma trigger criticism despite securing victory for India.

In an surprising turn of events, Guyana witnessed an uncommon sight as Hardik Pandya found himself under scrutiny despite playing the match-winning six against West Indies. Hardik’s shot off Rovman Powell cleared the boundary, securing a much-needed victory for the Indian side. However, the jubilation was marred by a chorus of criticism that arose due to Hardik seemingly denying a well-deserved half-century to Tilak Varma, who remained unbeaten on 49 at the opposite crease.

The seven-wicket victory, crucial for India, took a back seat as social media buzzed with references to MS Dhoni, who years ago exhibited a selfless gesture, allowing a young Virat Kohli to seal victory in a T20 World Cup match against South Africa.

Amidst the ongoing criticism directed at Hardik Pandya, a revealing exchange captured by the stump mic has come to light. As Tilak stood at an impressive 44 runs off 32 balls, and with India requiring 12 runs off 23, Hardik’s words echoed: “Tereko especially khatam karna hai, rukna hai. Gendo ka fark padta hai.” (You have to stay there and finish the game. The number of balls faced makes a difference).

Hardik’s intention to let Tilak clinch victory was clear, yet circumstances shifted as Tilak managed five runs in five deliveries. With Hardik himself at 12 off 12, the slower-ball presented an opportunity he couldn’t resist. Hardik’s powerful swing dispatched the ball soaring over long-on, sealing victory.

Last Updated on August 9, 2023

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