Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube
Brad Hogg. Photo- Youtube

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg praised Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya for their impressive efforts in Sunday’s third One-Day International against England in Manchester.

India were in trouble chasing 260 after being reduced to 72/4 in 16.2 overs. While many feared another batting collapse, Pant and Hardik defied all odds to put the side in control with a 133-run partnership.

Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya Took The Game To The English Bowlers: Brad Hogg

Hogg was pleased with Pant’s ability to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. On Tuesday, the former Australian spinner commented on his YouTube channel after reviewing the game:

“Having the right partnerships in life is crucial to any success. Hardik Pandya and [Rishabh] Pant were perfect together, bringing India back into the contest. Pant was a little more conservative than what we normally see. But he was right there till the end.

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Rishabh-Pant-and-Hardik-Pandya (Image credits: Twitter)

At one stage with Pandya, he only had a strike rate of 67. But the good thing was that he wasn’t hogging the strike too long. He was getting Pandya on strike for the majority of the time because he had the momentum.

He was taking the game up to the English bowlers. He had a strike rate of 129 when he was out and that left India less than four runs in an over to finish the game off with Pant and Jadeja bringing them home.”

“Hardik Pandya also got two crucial wickets of Roy and Stokes at the front end, and then broke the partnership of Livingstone and Buttler. England couldn’t get on top of the Indian bowlers for a long period of time plus didn’t have enough runs on the board. For me, Hardik Pandya was the Man of the Match.”

Both Pant and Pandya will now be seen in action against the West Indies in the T20 internationals.

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