While Indian captain Virat Kohli credited Ishan Kishan and the bowling unit to shape India’s win over England in the second T20I on Sunday, he did not forget Hardik Pandya. After hardly bowling since his international return, Hardik Pandya has started doing it alongside providing batting fireworks. Virat Kohli revealed that the 27-year old has committed himself towards being a proper all-rounder in the series.
Hardik Pandya bowled only two overs in the opening game, before which he managed 19 runs as India lost to England by eight wickets. Nevertheless, the Baroda-born all-rounder delivered his full quota of overs and gave away only 33 runs, albeit without claiming any victim. While he has played only as a finisher since returning to international cricket, Hardik revealed he would bowl against England.
Hardik Pandya said before the five-match T20 series, “It’s been almost one and half months since I have been preparing in this format — it’s going to be important with the World T20 coming up. You will see me bowling in this series,”. Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli struck half-centuries to gun down 165 in 17.5 overs.
He plays for the team at all times and these kinds of players are priceless: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli credited Hardik Pandya for delivering at least three overs in a match as the next six to eight months are crucial since the 27-year old promised to do all the duties as an all-rounder across formats. Kohli claimed that players like Pandya are priceless as they give it all to make the team win at all times.
“Credit to Hardik that he’s bowling at least 3 overs for us in every game. And the next six to eight months period he’s promised he’s going to commit everything to be the all-rounder the team needs in all three formats. He plays for the team at all times and these kinds of players are priceless,” Kohli told in the post-match presentation.