IND vs PAK – “Comeback is greater than setback”: Hardik Pandya after match-winning knock against Pakistan
IND vs PAK: Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya expressed his happiness on social media after his team’s thrilling five-wicket victory over Pakistan in their Asia Cup 2022 match. During that match, he also helped Men in Blue to a victory over their Asian arch-rivals.
In the second game of the Asia Cup 2022, played on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, India defeated Pakistan by five wickets thanks to a key combination between Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya.
“The comeback is greater than the setback,” tweeted Pandya in a post which also featured a picture showing two different eras of his career.
During his match against Pakistan in the 2018 Asia Cup, the star all-rounder can be seen at the top of the image lying on a stretcher. The image below shows Pandya in 2022 hoisting his bat after defeating Pakistan with a six.
After fighting with fitness concerns for the following several years, Pandya returned to the Gujarat Titans in 2022 to help them win their first India Premier League (IPL) championship. Pandya led his team from the front throughout the entire season, scoring 487 runs at an average of 44.27 in 15 games, while also hitting four fifty-plus runs. In addition, he claimed eight wickets for his team, including a game-winning 3/17 in the championship.
Since then, he has played numerous vital runs for India in T20Is and displayed great form, whether bowling as an anchor or an aggressor.
Pandya has scored 314 runs in T20Is this season, averaging 34.88 runs over 13 innings in 14 games. He has made several significant runs, including one half-century. Additionally, he has 11 wickets for his team in 14 games and a top bowling average of 4/33.
The comeback is greater than the setback 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/KlnD4GZ4ZO
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 29, 2022
He has also scored 100 runs in two innings over three matches in three ODIs, with an average of 50, one fifty, and a top score of 71. In these three games, he has also claimed six wickets, with a best total of 4/24.
For Team India in the upcoming ICC World T20 2022. That will take place in October and November of this year, Pandya will continue to be a crucial player.
Coming to the match, Pakistan was dismissed for 148 runs in 19.4 overs. Only Iftikhar Ahmed (28) and opener Mohammed Rizwan (43) were able to make a decent contribution with the bat.
Pakistani hitters were completely overwhelmed by the pace and short deliveries of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26), Hardik Pandya (3/25) and Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and Avesh Khan (1/19), and wickets continued to fall regularly.
India lost KL Rahul for a duck in the opening over of their 149-run chase. After that, the innings was led by Virat Kohli (35) and the captain, Rohit Sharma (12). Theyo both toiled at the other end and put together a 49-run partnership. India held to 3/53 by Mohammed Nawaz’s double strikes, which resulted in the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli.
Following this, the scoreboard moved by a 36-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav. Before Suryakumar sent out for 18 by rookie Naseem Shah. India came close to winning the match thanks to a 52-run partnership between Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*). With two balls remaining, the in-form Pandya hit a six to give India a five-wicket victory.
Pakistan’s bowlers Nawaz (3/33) and Naseem Shah (2/27) performed admirably, but not good enough to secure a victory.
Pandya adjudged as ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance.