Sunil Gavaskar Applauds Hardik Pandya And Rishabh Pant: Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar praised Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant’s fantastic performance in the must-win 3rd ODI Match against England, thereby helping India win the three-match ODI series by 2-1.
The duo maintained a 133-run partnership against a strong performance of England bowlers, after the quick fall of wickets of the Indian Batsmen and comfortable chased the target of 260 runs in 42.1 Overs.
Rishabh Pant scored his maiden ODI century of 125 runs from 113 balls and Hardik Pandya scored a supportive knock of 71 runs from 55 balls, which rescued the Indian team total from 72-4 in 16.1 Overs to 261-5 in 42.1 Overs.
Also, Sunil Gavaskar lauded the partnership by saying that the duo can recreate the successful partnership of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, thereby helping India win many matches.
Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni’s partnership includes 3105 runs in 67 games between 2005 to 2017, which consists of ten century and thirteen half-century stand.
The highest was the 256 runs partnership for the fourth wicket between Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni in 2017 against England, with both the batsmen scoring a century.
Sunil Gavaskar Latest comments about Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant
“It can definitely happen. With the kind of sixes Yuvraj and Dhoni used to hit, the way they steadied the innings, and the way they ran between the wicket, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant can be that pair for India. And just like Dhoni and Yuvraj used to hit sixes, I hope Pandya and Pant can win the hearts of cricket fans”.-Sunil Gavaskar’s reply to reporter’s question about recreating Yuvraj-Dhoni Partnership by Pant -Pandya
Also, Sunil Gavaskar previously expressed his opinion about Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s brilliant performance in his recent matches:
“Hardik has made his comeback at the right time because India desperately needed an all-rounder. Now they have both Pandya and Jadeja who can bat as well as bowl ten overs. You look at teams who won world championships in 1983, 1985, 2011, and 2013, all had good all-rounders.
The maturity that has come into his cricket is incredible. If you have an all-rounder coming in to bat at No.5 or 6, who can pace the innings, accelerate at any given time, and hit the sixes, it’s fantastic.
Also, coming in the middle overs when batters are looking to score the runs, bowling those overs, and getting wickets, he is doing it brilliantly. It’s really good to see Hardik Pandya coming good.
Earlier on, when he played in a team full of superstars. I mean, he grew up in the team of superstars, whether it was Mumbai Indians or India. And so, it was easy to go and say, ‘I will just play my game because these guys will take care of me. They will take up in case I fail‘.
If the lower order and middle-order are also failing like the top-order, then you, maybe, need to look at other options
Now, as a captain, he knows his responsibility. He knows he has to take his team. And that has only improved him as a cricketer and that is only good for Indian cricket”.-Sunil Gavaskar about Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance
Sunil Gavaskar further stated about Rishabh Pant’s batting performance:
“Rishabh Pant seems to have learned from his mistakes against South Africa. He chased balls outside off stump to slog them over the leg side then, but the way he batted with responsibility yesterday shows how well he paced his innings.
The way he smashed a flurry of boundaries towards the end showed that he is someone who can absorb pressure and then attack.
We will need to wait and see (whether Pant is able to replicate this form in T20Is). He might have found the right template to play white ball cricket”.-Sunil Gavaskar About Rishabh Pant’s Batting performance
Sunil Gavaskar Applauds Hardik Pandya And Rishabh Pant: Overall News
Rishabh Pant has improved himself a lot as a batsman and wicketkeeper in recent matches. Hardik Pandya has been impressive with his bowling, batting, and fielding.
Also, Hardik Pandya after leading his team Gujarat Titans to the winning title of TATA IPL 2022, has gained more maturity in playing under tough and pressurized situations in the match.
After Rohit Sharma, players like KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, and Rishabh Pant are set to lead the Indian cricket team.
If Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant perform consistently, then it is possible for both these batsmen to re-create one of the historical partnerships of Indian cricket like Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni.
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