India in Australia: Hardik Pandya has shown great maturity in this ODI series, says Sunil Gavaskar

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has had a good ODI series in Australia and seems to have sealed that No. 6 spot for the team.

There had been many questions raised earlier on whether Pandya would be fit for the role, provided that he was not bowling. But he proved the critics wrong with some brilliant performances in the series where he scored 210 runs in 3 innings.

India’s 13-run win on Wednesday was essentially set-up by the record 6th wicket partnership for India against Australia. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja stitched together a 150-run partnership in 18 overs to take India to a par score of 302.

The two all-rounders came together when India were struggling at 152/5 in 32 overs and gave India the acceleration that they needed at the end of their innings. They scored 76 runs in the last 5 overs.

Hardik Pandya went on to score 92 runs in 76 balls, his highest-score in ODI cricket. He went on to win the Man-of-the-Match performance for his brilliant batting skills.

India legend Sunil Gavaskar was mighty impressed by Hardik Pandya and said that the all-rounder has shown great maturity in this ODI series.

“Today was very smart, very good cricket from this young man (Pandya) who is showing great maturity with every game that he is playing.

“Even the first game when he got to 90, the maturity that he showed there and today after Virat Kohli was out he recognized that the fact that he needed to bat until the end if India were to get to a total that they could defend.

“And the way he and Jadeja planned that innings where they batted sensibly till the 40-42 overs and then they started to accelerate, and that made the difference in the game,” Sunil Gavaskar said on India Today TV after India’s win.

Gavaskar lauds ‘supreme athletes’ Pandya and Jadeja

The former opener was also impressed by the running between the wickets between Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja and called both of them ‘supreme athletes’.

“But you know what really made the difference as far as I am concerned was their running between the wickets. The sixes, if you time the ball well, you have the power and you can hit them.

“But they were stealing the second run under the fielder’s noses. The ball was going straight to the fielder at long-off and long-on, and both these guys are supreme athletes,” Gavaskar said.

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