Asia Cup 2022: Fans React After Hardik Pandya Finished In Style vs Pakistan

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Hardik Pandya has continued his rise in international and with another stunning all-round performance, against Pakistan, the 28-year-old proved why he’s India’s MVP in the shortest format.

Pandya lit up everyone’s Sunday night by taking India over the line in a thrilling encounter in Dubai, and finished off the game in style.

Hardik Pandya is India’s MVP in T20 cricket

India needed 19 runs off 10 balls with Pandya on 15 off 11 balls. Then came what seemed a decisive three blows to Haris Rauf – four over mid-on, and two fours through cow corner.

However, Pakistani spinner Mohammad Nawaz still managed to keep his side in the hunt, bringing the equation down to 6 runs needed off the last 3 balls. But, Pandya said enough is enough, and walloped a smash above long-on to bring the game home for India.

Hardik Pandya
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Pandya remained not out at 33* off 17 balls, cracking four fours and a six. Earlier in the day, he had starred with the ball for India with his three-wicket haul that restricted Pakistani to under 150.

Pandya returned with brilliant bowling figures of 3/25 in his 4 overs – he broke the back of Pakistan’s batting innings with his three-wicket haul, which comprised the dismissals of the well-set opener Mohammad Rizwan, the dangerous-looking and another well-set batter Iftikhar Ahmed, and left-hander batsman Khushdil Shah.

He took all these wickets with short and short-of-length deliveries – a style which is now become really talked about with Hardik Pandya.

Fans went berserk as Hardik Pandya turned finisher hitting the winning six.

Here are some of the best reactions on Pandya’s stunning all-round show today:

After the game, while bagging the Player of the Match award, Hardik Pandya explained that his mantra while chasing is to just keep a calm head and assess the situation. Beaming in confidence, Pandya was even ready to chase down 15 runs in the last over.

“In bowling, it’s important to assess the situations and use your weapons. For me, bowling short and the hard lengths have been my strengths. It’s about using them well and asking the right questions to make the batters commit a mistake. In a chase like this, you always plan over-by-over. I always knew that there is one young bowler and also one left-arm spinner. We only needed 7 off the last over but even if we needed 15, I’d have fancied myself. I know the bowler is under more pressure than me in the 20th over. I try to keep things simple,” Hardik Pandya said.

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