Hardik Pandya has made heads turn not only with his red-hot batting but also his latest bat. The India allrounder, on Sunday, starred with his ‘superbat’ as India thrashed Australia by six wickets in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
He played a match-winning knock of 42* off 22 balls as India chased down 195 with two balls remaining. His knock was studded with two sixes and three fours. Those two sixes came in the final over when India needed 14 runs as he sealed the victory in style.
Apart from his batting, Hardik Pandya also caught the attention with his new bat. The cricket world is intrigued by the the new willow he used to take Australian bowlers to the cleaners. Hardik Pandya was not looking at his fluent best at the start of his innings.
And he had no other way but to go for the shots when India needed 25 runs off the final two overs to win. In the 19th over bowled by Andrew Tye, he surprisingly failed to make any contact with the ball twice. This is when Hardik Pandya called for a change of bat in the middle of the over.
And with the new bat, he smashed 23 runs off the next seven deliveries to take India over the finishing line. The bat was noticed not only by the fans but also by star Australian cricketers including Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson as they tweeted:
— Callum Ferguson (@calferguson12) December 6, 2020
Pandya and that wonder bat. What a beast. ?
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya on his new weapon:
Speaking after his explosive knock, Hardik Pandya talked about the bat too. He revealed that he’s been testing out different bats after breaking his ‘match bat’ of three years during the first ODI last month. And he has sent out a warning to his opponents, saying that he has finally found his new weapon.
“I am trying to figure out my bats now. My match bat got broken in the first ODI which I was playing for the last three years, so the whole series, all these five games, I have been trying to figure out which bat I should bat with,” Hardik Pandya said before adding: “This one looks alright.”