Former India National Cricket Team player Mohammad Kaif heaped praise on the premier India all-rounder Hardik Pandya after his heroics against arch-rivals Pakistan in the high-voltage Asia Cup 2022 match on Sunday, August 28, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
The 28-year-old performed exceptionally well in the Asia Cup game against arch-rivals Pakistan and he made his presence felt in both innings of the match.
Pandya won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant all-round performance in the match. He bagged 3 wickets for 25 runs to help India bowl out Pakistan for 147.
While batting, Pandya smashed 33 runs off 17 balls, including 4 fours and 1 six, to complete the run-chase in the final over of the match. Also, India won the nail-biting encounter by 5 wickets to start off the tournament on a winning note.
With that one six, Hardik Pandya got the respect of the dressing room and confidence of fans – Mohammad Kaif
After Hardik’s outstanding performance in the match against Pakistan, former cricketer Mohammad Kaif took to Twitter to state that the all-rounder’s match-winning six to Mohammad Nawaz won him the confidence of the fans and the respect of the dressing room.
He added that the televisions are unlikely to get switched off even if India lose early wickets and Hardik is out in the middle as he will be the hope of the fans. Notably, a similar kind of thing used to happen during the MS Dhoni era.
“With that one six, Hardik Pandya got the respect of the dressing room and confidence of fans. Henceforth, even if early wickets fall, TVs wouldn’t get switched off. Hardik hain na (Hardik is there, no) – will be the hope on which India will stay invested in the most tough games,” former India player tweeted.
With that one six Hardik Pandya got the respect of the dressing room and confidence of fans. Henceforth, even if early wickets fall, TVs wouldn't get switched off. Hardik hai na – will be the hope on which India will stay invested even in the most tough games. #hardik pic.twitter.com/4UsZkTnTKG
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 29, 2022
Also, Kaif had predicted that the in-form pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar would pick the wicket of the Pakistan skipper Babar Azam in the high-voltage India-Pakistan clash and his prediction came true. Speaking to Zee News, Kaif said:
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been excellent this year and I think he will dismiss Babar Azam.”
— aditi tyagi (@aditi_tyagi) August 28, 2022
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