Sanjay Manjrekar said that Hardik Pandya is back to playing on a different planet after the Asia Cup bump. Pandya remained unbeaten on 71 off 30 balls against Australia in the first T20I at Mohali on September 20.
Hardik Pandya scored 71* off 30 against Australia. (AP Photo)
- Hardik Pandya hit 71 not out off 30 balls against Australia in 1st T20I
- Sanjay Manjrekar said that Hardik Pandya once again made an impact with the bat
- India lost the first T20I by four wickets to Australia at Mohali on September 20
Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said that all-rounder Hardik Pandya is back to playing on a different planet after there were concerns about whether he had lost his form during the recent Asia Cup.
Hardik Pandya‘s quickfire knock of 71 not out off 30 balls lifted India to 208/6 against Australia in the first T20I match at Mohali on September 20.
Pandya, who played a match-winning knock of 33* off 17 against Pakistan during the continental tournament, seemed to have lost his form in the following matches. The all-rounder, however, reinforced his impact in the opening match against Australia.
“You know we thought in the Asia cup, that maybe he’s lost his mojo a little bit and whether if he’s quickly going to come in form but that was sort of bump in the kind of batting form that we’ve seen with Hardik Pandya,” Manjrekar said while speaking on SPORTS18’s show ‘SPORTS OVER THE TOP’.
“When we talk about form it’s not about 40s, 50s or 60s. The kind of shorts and the impact he’s making with the bat and again we’re back to the Hardik Pandya who’s playing on a different planet currently.
“Class batting against some quality bowling. I think that is very important to note as well. And because India batted first, it wasn’t as easy as it was in the second half of the match. So, hats off to Hardik,” Manjrekar added.
In spite of Hardik Pandya’s brilliance with the bat, India failed to defend 209 runs against Australia. Cameron Green (61 off 30) and threatened to take away the game from India after losing his captain Aaron Finch early on. Umesh Yadav gave India some hope as he removed Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell.
However, Matthew Wade and Tim David took the match deep to keep Australia alive in the match. The penultimate over turned out to be the difference as Wade smashed three back-to-back boundaries off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bring down the equal to two runs needed off the final over.
Pat Cummins then took Australia home in style with a boundary and helped his team secure a four-wicket win over India. A 1-0 Australia will meet India in the second T20I on September 23 at Nagpur.
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