Team India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, on the basis of his stormy performance, gave Team India a great victory. Thanks to Pandya, the hero of the match, the Indian team defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in their first match of the Asia Cup.
After the match, Hardik told how he hit a six in the last over. Also told that in bowling, he was preparing a strategy for only one over at a time. Pandya said that even if India needed 15 runs in the last over instead of 7 to win the first match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament against Pakistan, he would have prepared himself for it.
Hardik Pandya said in the post-match press conference, ‘It is very important in bowling that you accept the situation and use your weapons. Short bowling and hard length have been my strengths. It all also depends on its proper use. The batsman makes a mistake and is out. I was devising a strategy for every over.
Talking about the last three overs during the target chase, Pandya said, ‘I knew there would be a young bowler (Naseem Shah or Dahani) and a left arm spinner (Mohammed Nawaz) in the last over. We needed 7 runs in the last over. Even if we needed 15 runs, I would have kept myself ready. I knew that bowler was under more pressure than me in the 20th over. I try to make things easy.
‘Even if there were 10 fielders, still had to hit a six’
Apart from this, Hardik Pandya spoke with Ravindra Jadeja on BCCI.TV. During this too, Jadeja questioned Pandya on the status of that last over. Jadeja said that 7 runs were needed in the last over and I thought of making a big hit on the first ball itself. Although I got out. Had there been a big hit, the match would have ended there. I got out, so what were you thinking?