Kumar Sangakkara's Tweet To Hardik Pandya Is 'Very Special'

Dominant India complete series win over Australia

"As I always say, it's important to back yourself, and in cricket, confidence always matters and I'm confident that I can clear the ground (whenever I want)", he quipped after helping India script a five-wicket win with a 72-ball 78 at Holkar Stadium on Sunday (September 24). India has jumped to the top of the ODI rankings, for now, overtaking Australia and South Africa, but can still slip to the number-two spot if the visitors win the next two games.

Pandya was named Man of the Match, and said: "Feels pretty good, would like to finish the game next time".

Lloyd went on to say "He seems to have a lot to say to the batsmen, I'm not sure I'm agreeing with all that".

Pandya's knock on Sunday included 5 fours and 4 sixes while Ali hit seven 4s and a whopping 8 sixes in his knock. He also acknowledged the platform provided by openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane with their 131-run partnership. That time (Chennai ODI), I thought that Zampa was bowling and I knew that I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted to.

During the first ODI in Chennai, Pandya had taken leg- spinner Adam Zampa to the cleaners while in the series- clinching ODI here last night, he came up with big shots against left-arm spinner Ashton Agar at a crucial juncture.

With his consistent performances, Pandya is expected to carry the weight of expectations like other star players of the team. "Obviously the plan was to target the spinners and yeah, it came out pretty well".

Pandya's six-hitting abilities are well known. "I see these situations as opportunities".

"It does not make any difference where I bat", Pandya asserted. "That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and grabbed it with both hands", the all-rounder pointed out.

However, Finch's innings came to an end when he was caught by Kedar Jadhav at deep midwicket off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav for 124, which came off 125 balls and included 12 boundaries and five sixes. "We actually knew we could get over the line", Pandya signed off. In the last couple of years, he has emerged as a brilliant all-round for India in limited over cricket. "But had we been chasing 340, we would have played the way you need to to chase 340".

"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.' It's only about how you play different situations", Dravid said. "It's a treat to watch them play and the way they play", Pandya said.

The all-rounder, hence, has been a subject of comparison with India legend Kapil Dev, who is regarded the best all-rounder the nation has produced.

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