23-Year-Old All Rounder India
August 13, 2017 Hardik Pandya News
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Pandya raced to 108 off 96 including eight boundaries and seven maximums in the first innings of India's third Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy.
In his first Test series, the 23-year-old has shown he most certainly belongs, scoring a half-century in his debut innings and has been strong with both the bat and the ball. However, coming in at No. 8, Pandya posted a strike rate found more often in T20s than in Test cricket, blasting seven maximums and posted multiple 60-plus run stands-on the eighth and 10th wickets including 58 off 35 on the final wicket by himself. He even took a wicket in one of his six overs with the ball and is looking to tighten his grip on one of the allrounder places in the Test squad.
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Fantasy AnalysisPandya has been a reliable member of the ODI and T20I squads and the allrounder in limited experience has been good at the first-class level as well. It is thus of no surprise that Pandya earned another call-up to the Test squad as he provides a true allrounder to captain Virat Kohli's disposal. Pandya has twice been selected to the squad-against England and Australia-but has yet to be selected for the playing XI.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 23-year-old hadn't needed to do much with the bat throughout the Champions Trophy, chipping in a classy unbeaten 20 to seal the deal against Pakistan in the opener and then batting just once more throughout the tournament. However, with India well behind the required run rate, Pandya pulled off boundary after boundary, nearly doubling the number of maximums he'd hit in his ODI career from eight to 14. On a day when Pakistan was batting extremely well, Pandya had the second-best economy on the side, behind only Bhuvi Kumar and was more than two runs better than Jasprit Bumrah. While surely disappointed to not come home with the trophy, on an otherwise dour day, Pandya has shown himself to be a big part of India's squads moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter an excellent cameo with the ball and a tremendous effort with the bat in India's second tune-up against Bangladesh, Pandya showed how quickly he can work with the bat and how steady he can be with the ball in the Champions Trophy opener. Pandya opened the final over with three-consecutive maximums to move the score from unlikely reachable to wholly uncatchable and with the ball, bowled the exact same figures as Ravindra Jadeja (two for 43). With his ability to bat in the middle of India's order as well as provide economical bowling makes him one of the brightest young stars in India's squad.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 23-year-old has already built himself quite the reputation as an allrounder domestically, but seems primed to make a name for himself on the international stage. In the final tune-up before the ICC Champions Trophy, Pandya turned in one of his best performances in an India cap, topping what would be his highest List A score (his previous high was 69) while taking the final wicket of the match to secure a 240-run victory. Pandya's performance on Tuesday should merit inclusion in the starting XI come Sunday when they take on Pakistan at Birmingham.
Fantasy AnalysisPandya finished with both Indians' best bowling figures and lowest economy rate. The 23-year-old allrounder removed both of Knight Riders' highest-scorers, Colin de Grandhomme and Manish Pandey. De Grandhomme's wicket came at a crucial time in the match when Kolkata looked to set to chase the 174-run target, needing just 46 runs from 34 balls. Pandya bowled nine dot balls and only conceded a single six. It's his best bowling performance of IPL 10 so far, eclipsing his one for 23 against Dardevils in late April. He scored one run off two balls in Mumbai's batting innings.
Fantasy AnalysisBatting seventh in the order, Pandya and Mumbai were in fairly dire straits going into the final few overs, but a remarkable run of batting helped secure victory on the penultimate ball. After a rash of good fortune at the start of the death over — two leg byes and some poor work in the field from the Knight Riders — Pandya ended the match with a convincing four. The 23-year-old India international struggled in the IPL last season, scoring just 44 runs off 11 matches with a high score of nine, but he's scored 64 runs unbeaten this tournament after showing inconsistent form coming into the IPL. With strong play like he's displayed over the first two matches, it would be of no surprise to see him move up the order as they host Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.
Fantasy AnalysisPandya was the late-arriving hero for the Mumbai Indians, hitting five boundaries – all but one of them sixes – in the final over. His domination of bowler Ashok Dinda lifted the Indians from 154 to 184, a total that Mumbai had never before failed to defend. But it wasn't enough this time, thanks to an 84-run stand from Steven Smith. Pandya's 233.33 strike rate was unbeaten in the match, nearly double his 124.44 career average.
Fantasy AnalysisA recent addition to the ODI squad, Pandya has picked up on the format with ease. He took three wickets for the second time in his career in the format and picked up his first half-century in his seventh career ODI after going for 40 unbeaten in the first ODI of the series. After missing six weeks with a hairline fracture in his shoulder, he recovered nicely and has shown himself a big part of the future of the Indian ODI squad.
Fantasy AnalysisCapped in T20I's, Pandya made his debut appearance in an ODI and impressed from the get-go, snatching his maiden wicket during his first spell bowling, getting the always-dangerous Martin Guptill. At just 23-years-old, the accomplished limited-overs bowler should find a regular place in India's T20I and ODI sides, particularly if he can keep this form through the next four ODI's in the series.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Rohit Sharma was bowled by Sunil Narine in the 12th, Pandya took over from No. 6 with Kieron Pollard in tow, sidestepping all pitfalls on their way to an unbeaten 92-run stand. Among Pandya's 10 boundaries, he smashed two fours and one six off Andre Russell in the 19th to achieve the vaunted 50-run threshold. While he's averaging 37.00 at a 191.37 strike rate on the backs of three not outs in six IPL matches, the 21-year-old has been far less crisp with the ball, nabbing one wicket with a 10.75 economy rate across 12 overs.