Former India batsman, VVS Laxman has heaped high praise on the duo of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja following their match-winning partnership against Australia in the third and final ODI in Canberra.
India lost captain, Virat Kohli at the score of 152/5. Over the next 18 overs, Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja not only resurrected the innings but also took the team to a defendable total with a 150-run stand.
Pandya continued his superb form and scored 92* from 76 balls. Jadeja played a perfect second fiddle with a knock of 66 runs of 50 balls. The duo treaded carefully against the spinners and then launched an attack on the pacers in the last 5 overs. Later, Jadeja also took an important wicket of a set Aaron Finch as Australia fell 13 runs short of India’s total.
Jadeja is thinking like a batsman: VVS Laxman
In his column for The Times Of India, VVS Laxman opined that Ravindra Jadeja’s batting had grown leaps and bounds since the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. The former batsman observed that Jadeja now trusts his game more and has also started to think like a genuine batsman.
The left-hander had an impressive IPL with the bat. Since 2019, he averages 42 in ODIs, and 58 in Tests.
VVS Laxman writes in his column, “Jadeja’s batting has gone to another level following his World Cup semifinal half-century against New Zealand. He trusts his game a lot more and is thinking like a batsman. He and Pandya complemented one another beautifully to push the team past 300.”
The 46-year-old also lauded Hardik Pandya for his Man of the Match performance. He asserted that Pandya has now become a renowned finisher, and against Australia, he showed maturity as well by playing according to the situation.
Hardik built the innnigs with Jadeja when there were plenty of overs remaining and then attacked the pacers in the final five overs. VVS Laxman believes that Pandya has been the biggest achiever in the ODI series for India.
“Hardik has the well-founded reputation of being a dasher, however in this series, he has shown that he can bat in more than one gear. His situational consciousness has been exemplary, and he once more demonstrated that he’s as equipped to build an innings as he’s adept at unleashing big strokes towards the end. He has been the biggest batting gain on this tour,” VVS Laxman wrote.