The Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya has showered praises on Rishabh Pant for his knock in the third ODI saying his knock was very pleasing to his eyes and he put everyone in awe with his strokes. He also stated that it was fantastic to beat one of the most highly rated teams in limited-overs cricket after beating England in the three-match ODI series.
India won the third ODI of the series against England to seal the series with a 2-1 margin by chasing down a decent total of 260 runs despite losing four wickets early in the innings. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya helped India to recover from the situation. Pandya was dismissed on 71 runs but Pant went on to score his maiden ODI hundred and win the match for his team.
Praising his batter partner during the post-match presentation, Hardik Pandya said, “Rishabh obviously he paced it and it was very important for us, that partnership as well and obviously the way he finished. We all know what kind of talent he has, it’s just when it comes out it’s very pleasing to the eye and your heartbeat goes up, but at the same time it gives your eyeballs (a treat) as well, you’re in awe of the kind of shots he plays.”
England was coming on the back of a win in a one-off Test against India. However, the men in blue played some dominating cricket in ODIs and T20Is and won both ODI and T20I series. Indian bowlers were spot-on with their tactics to get the opposition batters out and it helped them win the series. Pandya shared that it was fantastic to beat one of the highly rated teams in limited overs.
Elaborating the same, Hardik Pandya said, “A team like England who have been fantastic throughout the last couple of years, and you see the kind of approach that everyone found that England were the best team in the world. You know to come here and perform and win is more important because that challenges you as a player, that challenges you as a team and as a group. So for me, and the whole group, everyone is very proud of everyone who contributed.”
India will now next tour West Indies for the white-ball series from July 22.