Hardik Pandya ready to contribute for India in any batting position
Sep 25 2017 by Dustin Murphy
It's one of the landmark dates in Indian cricket. On the bowling front, the trio of Hardik Pandya, Yazuvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are likely to trouble the Aussies. We need a guy like that, we've been missing an explosive all-rounder like him.
This promotion of Pandya seems to be India coach Ravi Shastri's idea, which worked wonders.
Three of India's top four batsmen scored 70 or more as the hosts chased down a 294-run victory target at Holkar Stadium in central Indore city, with 13 balls to spare for their third successive victory in the five-match series.
And why wouldn't he be after taking his team to a winning situation with a valiant knock of 78 off 72 balls. In flawless batting conditions, the duo handled the wrist spinners particularly well with Kuldeep Yadav (2/75) proving expensive in his 10 overs.
Australia vice-captain David Warner on Saturday dismissed the claims that his team is not reading India's spinners on the current tour.
Then, India pulled things under control and picked wickets at regular intervals to peg back the visitors. The wicket was too dry and I had to do something different.
"Coming back from hard situations has been a feature of this team". They could never get the fillip, which was there for them to take after a stupendous start even as Marcus Stoinis took the side close to 300-run mark with his unbeaten 27.
After clinching the series in Indore, Team India will be traveling to Bengaluru for the fourth ODI which will be played on Thursday and the final match will take place in Nagpur on Sunday. We've got to continue to try and motivate the players and get them up for the next two games.
"I think as captain every game you lose, you take it personally", he added.
Losing skipper Steve Smith said the visitors were themselves to blame for losing the tempo after putting themselves in a strong position. We set a template really well.
On a day where there once again were some outstanding individual performances, we look at the two good and two bad displays which stood out. "We weren't good enough to get the boundaries and get the score we needed".
Warner firmly believes that a brisk start will ensure Australia's victory in Indore. Getting a feel of the pitch in the first few overs itself, the Mumbai batsman launched into an assault against the pacers as he brought up his 50 in 42 deliveries. "It is important to back myself and saw it as an opportunity", he said. He targeted the left-arm spin of Ashton Agar by launching him for a couple of sixes. "We actually knew we could get over the line", Pandya said.