Hardik Pandya knows how to play in different situations: Rahul Dravid

Posted September 27, 2017

The Indian cricket team is on the cusp of something great.

Furthermore, it was India's ninth successive ODI victory, which equals their longest streak in history as they achieved the same feat between November 2008 and February 2009. He fell for 72-ball-78 putting the match out of Australia's grasp while going on to win his second man of the match award in three games. But it's the way the team has responded to those challenges that has made this unit stand out. He represented India in 131 Tests, scoring 5248 runs and taking 434 wickets.

When Hardik Pandya walked in at No.4, he was greeted with huge cheers, the kinds usually reserved for the likes of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The Indian captain also called Pandya a superstar. However, sending Pandya worked wonders for India as he carried on with his natural game, suppressing his instinct to hit the ball for a few maximums in a row. "It's pretty important that I read the game", he added. But I waited till the 37th over and then used the opportunity to change the momentum. The duo went on to exchange more words, with the umpire stepping in to ask both the players to get on with the game. That's my way of thinking.

Pandya's knock on Sunday included 5 fours and 4 sixes while Ali hit seven 4s and a whopping 8 sixes in his knock. Having been promoted to No 4in batting order for the express goal of going after spinners.

"It does not make any difference where I bat", Pandya pointed out. "I see these situations as opportunities".

Pandya, who usually bats at No.7 was promoted to No.4 in the game Sunday.

"It's only about how you play different situations". If I feel like, I go for it. I wanted to target the left-arm spinner. "It was only a matter of spending more time in the middle".

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Dravid, who was Pandya's coach during an India A tour of Australia previous year, hoped that the current India A players are able to emulate Pandya's batting approach.

"You never know about these could-have-been situations", Pandya insisted. Pandya's bowling too is getting better with each outing. But our bowlers were awesome and got the important wickets. He felt we needed to attack the spinner.

With India cruising, Nathan Coulter-Nile provided the breakthrough Australia sorely needed as he removed Rohit for 71, which came off 62 balls and included six boundaries and four sixes. They're required to play for their state associations, which we are conscious of. They were 35-40 runs short. "Many people have said it in the past and I am again saying it". Pandya, who was batting on 19 at the time, did not put a foot wrong. I got to know that when I bowled a slower ball to him earlier.

"It is pretty awesome (to bowl alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar) as we keep talking to each other and discussing what the wicket is doing, and what kind of deliveries we should be bowling". It's awesome to have guys like that. "I'm confident that I can clear the ground".

"I don't think that much". I focus only on the things which I can focus on and right now, I'm just playing my cricket. If you back yourself, you always come out on top.

India rode on a superb batting performance to register an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing five-match series against the reigning world champions.

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