Hardik Pandya finally starting to become the finisher India always envisioned him to be

In any context, 14 runs required for victory from the last over of the game is a difficult proposition for any batsman in the game. When Hardik Pandya squared up against Australia debutant Daniel Sams in the same scenario in Sydney on Sunday,...

Hardik Pandya finally starting to become the finisher India always envisioned him to be
In any context, 14 runs required for victory from the last over of the game is a difficult proposition for any batsman in the game. When Hardik Pandya squared up against Australia debutant Daniel Sams in the same scenario in Sydney on Sunday, victory seemed inevitable. In the end, India coasted to a series clinching victory after Pandya’s mighty blows at the Sydney Cricket Ground saw the target attained with two balls to spare. It is testament to the India all-rounder’s sublime form on the tour that the result looked like a forgone conclusion, even before Sams was assigned with the responsibility of sending down the final over. Two scores in the nineties in the preceding ODI series had already signalled Pandya’s rising maturity in a finishing role, and he confirmed his credentials as the man for the job with his 22-ball 42 in Sunday’s clash. “The reason for Hardik coming into the team in 2016 was pure ability. He has raw talent,” winning skipper Virat Kohli told the broadcasters after the game. “And now he realises that this is his time, the next four to five years, to be that bankable player that can win you games from anywhere. His plans are right and I’m glad to see that.” That's as clutch as they come from Hardik Pandya!