"India's Best All-Rounder": Fans Hail Hardik Pandya As He Bowls After 14 Months
Australia vs India: Fans took to Twitter to appreciate Hardik Pandya's commitment as he bowled his first over since September 2019.
Hardik Pandya bowled his first over after 14 months
Fans, on Twitter, hailed Hardik as the best Indian all-rounder
Australia posted a mammoth total of 389 for four
Hardik Pandya, who himself said he is yet to attain 100 per cent of his bowling capacity, was brought into the attack by Virat Kohli as Indian bowlers again failed to impress at the Sydney Cricket Ground after a poor showing on Friday. Virat Kohli was forced to turn to dip into his reserves, first introducing Mayank Agarwal into the attack and then turning to Hardik for a couple of overs. Hardik, who has not bowled since undergoing a back surgery, rolled his arm over for four overs and got the big wicket of Steve Smith, who smashed his second consecutive hundred against India. Fans took to social media to express their happiness after watching Hardik bowl in an ODI after nearly 14 months. The ICC also hailed Hardik's all-round abilities.
He can bowl— ICC (@ICC) November 29, 2020
He can bat
He can field
Looks like he can also read a newspaper during a match!
Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder! pic.twitter.com/NilhEVX1XR
"Half fit Hardik Pandya would have got another wicket. Love him or hate him but you can't deny the fact that he's currently India's best all-rounder," a fan tweeted.
Half fit Hardik Pandya would have got another wicket. Love him or hate him but you can't deny the fact that he's currently India's best all-rounder.— R A T N I S H (@LoyalSachinFan) November 29, 2020
"Hardik Pandya and his commitment," another user said.
Hardik Pandya and his commitment— Abhiramy (@rohitspullshot_) November 29, 2020
"Thanks to hardik pandya else we would have been chasing 500," a fan thanked Hardik for restricting the run flow.
Thanks to hardik pandya else we would have been chasing 500 #INDvsAUS— desiHaiBhai (@heydesibro) November 29, 2020
In the match, Australia won the toss and opted to bat.
Aaron Finch and David Warner got the hosts off to a good start. Both scored half-centuries.
Steve Smith then continued his purple patch and smashed his 11th ODI century.
Indian bowlers once again failed to deliver as Australia posted a mammoth first innings total of 389 for four from their 50 overs.
Hardik, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah all picked up one wicket each.
India will need to chase 390 to stay alive in the three-match series.