In the last few months, Hardik Pandya has made a name for himself as a pinch hitter. The allrounder’s abilities to play the big shots were on full displays in recent times. Who can forget the two games with Champions Trophy when he hit Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan for three consecutive sixes and repeated the feat in the Test series against Sri Lanka.
Well, the Baroda star was on the receiving end on Sunday (December 17) in the ongoing third and final One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Although he was not hit for a single six, it is safe to say that he would be pretty much disappointed after being hit for five consecutive fours by Sri Lanka opener Upul Tharanga. The former Sri Lanka skipper took Pandya to the cleaners in the ninth over of the innings. The first ball was edged towards the slip cordon, but with no fielder standing there, the ball crossed the ropes.
The following delivery was launched over mid-on for another four and the next delivery also suffered a similar fate. Pandya’s miseries were then further piled when he managed to force the batsman to edge the ball, but it sneaked past the diving wicketkeeper and crossed the ropes. The fifth delivery of the over was also hit for a four before Pandya heaved a sigh of relief when Tharanga defended the final ball.
Here is a clip of those five consecutive fours: