Rajkumar Sharma. Photo- ANI
Rajkumar Sharma. Photo- ANI

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Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s former coach, was very pleased with Hardik Pandya’s leadership after India’s six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second T20I of the series on January 29.

Pandya received praise from Sharma for leading the team with both the bat and the ball. He believes that an all-rounder always has an advantage over the opponent since they are street-smart cricketers.

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Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)

Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli’s former coach, expressed his appreciation for Pandya as a skipper. Pandya’s ability to lead a team to victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2022—the team’s first season in the league—was the first indication of his leadership qualities.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

Sharma noted on India News Sports that “Hardik Pandya has been fantastic as a captain.  “He is a very positive captain. He keeps himself in front during challenging situations. He doesn’t shy away from taking responsibility. His thought process is very good and he understands the game well. He is a street-smart cricketer who is a step ahead of the opposition.”

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“He has now become a very potent all-rounder”: Rajkumar Sharma

Hardik Pandya has bowled pretty frequently in international cricket since rejoining the team, as Rajkumar Sharma has noted.
Given his history of injury problems, he said that the 29-year-old had previously been utilized as a bowler only occasionally. Pandya’s dedication to improving his fitness and bowling earned praise from Sharma.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Image Credits: Twitter)

“Hardik Pandya has put in a lot of work on his bowling, He was sidelined for a long time due to an injury. It is quite difficult for a fast bowler to recover from an injury. He is self-assured and has consistently clocked 140 kmph. Previously, we would preserve him and not bowl him much. He has now become a very potent all-rounder,” Rajkumar Sharma Added.

Pandya has started bowling first for India in recent T20I games. For his team, the pacer has bowled significant overs. He had a 1/25 in four overs in the second T20I against New Zealand.

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