Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has picked Hardik Pandya’s captaincy as one of the positives for India from their recently concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka as well. They registered a 2-1 win in the three-match series. During an interaction on the Star Sports show ‘Follow the Blues’, Gambhir applauded Pandya’s leadership.
“I think a lot of positives in this series. I think Hardik’s captaincy, you have got to probably give it to him because he has done everything possible right what was asked of his captaincy. More importantly, the way the young bowlers bowled – Umran Malik. Suryakumar Yadav’s batting, the cameo from Rahul Tripathi. So I believe there have been excellent signs in this series from this young team,” he said.
Umran Malik, with seven scalps, was the highest wicket-taker in the series. Suryakumar Yadav scored a fifty and a match-winning century in the last game as well. Tripathi smashed 35 runs off 16 balls in Rajkot to give the initial momentum to the Indian innings also. He also praised Pandya’s captaincy.
“It’s very difficult to look beyond Suryakumar Yadav with the kind of innings he played at Rajkot. But he is an established cricketer. I feel that Umran Malik was probably very, very impressive. A young bowler who bowled with pace, but despite that the accuracy with which he bowled, he is a huge positive. Hardik was pretty impressive the way he captained the side. There were times when we thought that he should have bowled first but then he did the complete opposite of that but still was very professional the way he handled his team,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.