While Pandya's crucial 78 led the team's run chase in Indore, Yadav impressed with his maiden hat-trick in the second global. "I mean you can't score everyday but yeah, backing yourself is pretty important", the 23-year-old all-rounder said after his 78-run matchwinning effort in Indore.
The win has also given India a 3-0 series lead in the five game series and this is their ninth consecutive win in the format, levelling with their previous best and Kohli now has the second highest wins as a captain in the history of the game after leading India in 38 ODIs.
Pandya's knock on Sunday included 5 fours and 4 sixes while Ali hit seven 4s and a whopping 8 sixes in his knock. On his way back to the bowling mark, Cummins sledged Pandya who had arrived at the non-striker's end after taking the single.
In the Indore ODI chasing 294, India started aggressively thanks to Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. That time (in Chennai) I thought that (Adam) Zampa was bowling and I knew that I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted to. His 83 in the Chennai ODI and his magnificent stand with MS Dhoni ensured India reached a formidable total.
Hardik Pandya replied to Sanga's tweet and called him "Sir". "That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and eventually one over changed the momentum in that game", he said.
Dravid, who was Pandya's coach during an India A tour of Australia a year ago, hoped that the current India A players are able to emulate Pandya's batting approach. If he bats at six, he bats in a particular way. "I see these situations as opportunities. If I feel like, I go for it", Pandya added. "This is the first time I played so many balls, so it was great". "You have to learn to bat differently in different conditions, and if you can do that like Hardik is showing at the moment, those would be signs of a developing cricketer, someone who can make consistent contributions and not someone who is a one-off, who can produce brilliance once in a while. Obviously the plan was to target the spinners and yeah, it came out pretty well". Pandya showed maturity after being promoted to number four in the batting order. Pandya kept the required run rate in check after Kohli and Jadhav got out. "We knew if we took the game deep, then the boundary balls will also come, since the margin of runs wasn't much", he said. This concept of "play your natural game", which I hear all the time, frustrates me because there's no such thing in my belief as "natural game".
Pandya's performances have made him cynosure of all eyes with pundits calling him the next Kapil Dev.