Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya combines calmness and clarity to be more effective

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Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya combines calmness and clarity to be more effective

Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya combines calmness and clarity to be more effective

Asia Cup 2022: The India all-rounder Hardik Pandya‘s talent was never in doubt, and in the nail-biting Asia Cup match against Pakistan on Sunday, he proved that he had the calm head and clean attitude necessary to become a major match-winner.

Every time India and Pakistan play each other in a cricket match, tensions are high, and many players have crumbled under the strain that comes with these matches between the bitter rivals.

As India’s nerve-wracking chase came to a close, Pandya showed he was made of a different material as he resisted the rising strain and sealed victory with a carefree six with two balls remaining. View More

The same composure could be seen in his restrained exuberance when he just gave batting partner Dinesh Karthik—who had bowed before Pandya—a fist bump.

Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya combines calmness and clarity to be more effective
Asia Cup 2022: Hardik Pandya combines calmness and clarity to be more effective

As India’s nerve-wracking chase came to a close, Pandya showed he made of a different material. As he resisted the rising strain and sealed victory with a carefree six with two balls remaining. View More

The same composure could seen in his restrained exuberance when he just gave batting partner Dinesh Karthik—who had bowed before Pandya—a fist bump.

Pandya was an easy choice for the man-of-the-match award thanks to his 3-25 with the ball and 33 not out off 17 deliveries.

“In all these years I’ve understood that if I stay as calm as possible. It’s going to help me to execute all my plans,” the 28-year-old said after collecting the prize.

“The 50-50 chances which I take, if I’m calmer, it helps me to pull it off.”

India appeared to be in trouble when they needed 21 runs from 12 balls. But Pandya’s three boundaries in the penultimate over from Haris Rauf relieved the pressure.

In the last over, spinner Mohammad Nawaz dismissed Ravindra Jadeja with the first ball. But India’s title defence got off to a winning start with to Pandya’s flat-batted fourth delivery over long-on.

Pandya claimed he knew exactly how to complete the chase. And that the bowler was under more strain at that point.

“The (target in) last over was seven runs. But even if it was 15, I’d have fancied my chances,” Pandya said.

“I know it’s (a matter of) one six. And I feel the bowler is much more under pressure bowling to me in 20th over.”