XtraTime Web Desk: India’s former star opener Virender Sehwag thinks that Hardik Pandya is the best among the all-rounders of the current Indian team.
“There is no one even close to Hardik Pandya’s talent with both bat and ball. If there was someone even closer to him — the three-dimensional players picked by BCCI — Pandya would not have made it back into the team,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.
Pandya’s performance will be the key factor for India in the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales. In the recently concluded Indian Premier League he played a massive role to help Mumbai Indians winning the trophy as he scored 402 runs in 15 innings with a huge strike rate of 191.42.
“I played well this season, but now time to move on. I want to lift that World Cup trophy as well,” Hardik had said after Mumbai Indians beat CSK by 1 run to lift their fourth trophy.
A testimony to his all-round ability was the fact that Pandya had won a man of the match for his bowling performance in MI’s final group game of the season against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Pandya’s 2/20 in three overs helped secure a convincing nine-wicket win for MI and knocked out KKR from the top four contention. “For sure, getting a ‘Man of the Match’ for my bowling is really pleasing. To be honest as a batsman, there is nothing better than hitting a ball. People don’t expect a lot from my bowling, neither do I, but it feels nice,” he said in the post-match presentation ceremony.