In the thrilling encounter between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2023, a moment of magic from Hardik Pandya left Pakistan’s skipper Babar Azam stunned and put India in the driver’s seat. On the reserve day in Colombo, India was in a commanding position after setting a daunting target of 357.
Pakistan, known for its resilience and the batting prowess of Babar Azam, still had hope. However, Hardik Pandya had other plans. Hardik Pandya, who had been handed the ball immediately after the powerplay, began building pressure on Babar with three consecutive dot balls.
On the fourth delivery, Pandya delivered a wide ball, tempting Babar to go for an offside stroke. But what followed was sheer brilliance. The ball swung prodigiously in the air, deviating away from Babar’s bat and pad before crashing into the stumps. It was an unplayable delivery, the kind that can dismiss any top batter in world cricket.
Pandya celebrated his exceptional delivery with jubilation, while Babar stood his ground momentarily, clearly in awe of the delivery’s brilliance. This crucial wicket put India in a strong position, and Pandya’s delivery will be remembered as one of the highlights of the Asia Cup 2023, showcasing his exceptional bowling skills on the international stage.
Pakistan lose their main man Babar Azam… 😔
— Cricket on TNT Sports (@cricketontnt) September 11, 2023
Pakistan (Playing XI) – Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
India (Playing XI) – Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Twitter erupted with praise for Hardik Pandya, recognizing the sheer quality of his jaffa.
Babar is yet to score 50 against India in ODIs 🤣 pic.twitter.com/8bNzGOR2Jj
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) September 11, 2023
You will never be THAT guy Babar Azam.
Don’t ever dare to compare him with Virat Kohli. pic.twitter.com/YPEWw5oQDf
— Pari (@BluntIndianGal) September 11, 2023
No way Babar’s 10 (24) can neither be hyped nor be ignored on this highway. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 https://t.co/LDTtvWmolq
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) September 11, 2023
🇵🇰 Babar Azam against –
Back to back low scores 🤣🤣🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/p98Mdsu6Dz
— 𝐂𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭 𝐊𝐢𝐧𝐠 👑 (@imtheguy07) September 11, 2023
Babar against India pic.twitter.com/KSrJIs1FZU
— Pushkar (@musafir_hu_yar) September 11, 2023
Babar Azam Against India In Last 4 Matches:-
Runs :- 34
Duck :- 1
HS :- 14
— Sir BoiesX 🕯 (@BoiesX45) September 11, 2023
Indian Captain Rohit Sharma ODI average against Pakistan – 𝟱𝟬.𝟬𝟬
Pakistan Captain Babar Azam ODI average against India – 𝟮𝟴.𝟬𝟬
This is about levels !! 🔥🤌🏻 pic.twitter.com/akGPsD7VBN
— Vishal. (@SPORTYVISHAL) September 11, 2023
— Ashutosh Srivastava 🇮🇳 (@sri_ashutosh08) September 11, 2023