Before the beginning of the tour, Hardik Pandya was added to the Indian squad as a specialist batsman. Many questions were raised on whether he would be able to contribute to the team as a batsman.
However, the all-rounder succeeded in essaying the role of a middle-order batsman and a great finisher for the Indian side. In both the ODI and T20I series, Hardik’s dauntless power-hitting ability has been the crucial aspect of Australian soil.
The veteran pacer Zaheer Khan carefully monitored Pandya in IPL 2020. He also opined that the all-rounder is confident about his game. The batsman is calm and can smash a six at any stage. Pandya waits for that bowler to make an error and makes sure that the bowler gets under pressure.
Hardik Pandya has been in exceptional form after returning from his injury in the IPL. The batsman averaged 35 in the Indian Premier League and flashed at a strike rate of 178. He is the third-highest of the tournament following Kieron Pollard and Jofra Archer. The finishes produced by Pandya and Pollard were an important factor for Mumbai Indians.
Zaheer Khan also believes that the all-rounder is going to build reliability which is going to be very hard for any bowler to deal with.
Hardik Pandya is a major asset for The Men in Blue: Zaheer Khan
The 27-year-old has already proved his determination as a good middle-order batsman and fielder for the side. Khan also feels that once he starts bowling, he will emerge as a great match-winner for the side. Additionally, Hardik Pandya as a bowler will provide the much-needed balance to the Indian side.
Zaheer also reckoned that he had used this time at the moment to turn things around with regards to his batting. The batsman is going in confidence and turning out to be a great impact player at this level.
Hardik Pandya smashed another match-winning knock on Sunday. The men in blue sealed the T20 series by six wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Baroda-born was the highest run-getter for the side in the recently ended ODI series. The all-rounder finished with an aggregate of 210 runs and a remarkable average of 105. In the T20I series, Pandya has scored 58 runs at a strike rate of 156.76.