Virat Kohli Praises Team India, Rates Hardik Pandya as the Biggest Asset
New Delhi: Following Hardik Pandya’s match-winning knock in the third ODI against Australia in Indore, captain Virat Kohli has showered praises on the all-rounder. After the match, Kohli took to Twitter to congratulate Pandya and uploaded a video of him interacting with the rising star of Indian cricket.
Kohl captioned the video as “Ladies and gentlemen, here is the man of the moment @hardikpandya7(Also @klrahul11 at the back) Great win, series clinched #NumberOne.”
In the video, Pandya talks about his promotion to number four and also after being teased by Kohli regarding an Indian Premier League (IPL) contract the all-rounder says he already has one.
Here’s the video:
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 24, 2017
After the match, to celebrate team India’s series win it was Pandya who did the honour of cutting the cake.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 24, 2017
Pandya once again dished out a splendid performance with the bat to help India beat Australia. Promoted to number four, Pandya smashed 78 off 72 balls, which included five fours and four sixes.
After Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane laid the solid platform with a 139-run opening stand, Pandya and Kohli combined to take India forward. However, India lost wickets of Kohli and Kedar Jadhav in quick succession with the score reading 206 for four.
Pandya then dashed Australia’s hopes of a comeback as he kept attacking. The all-rounder brought the required run-rate further in control before he was dismissed by Pat Cummins.
India eventually chased down 294 in 47.5 overs with five wickets in hand. With this win, India take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.