Hardik has changed his batting software
Hardik Pandya’s batting in ODIs in recent times have gone up several notches. He has 7 half centuries in ODIs and has the potential to get three figure knock if he moves up slightly in batting order feels former cricketer turned commentator Akash Chopra.
Hardik’s brilliant 64 off 44 balls in last ODI and his matchwinning partnership with Pant resurrected a floundering Indian innings after Kohli and Rahul fell cheaply in quick succession.
“Hardik Pandya seems like a proper batsman to me now, honestly. I don’t see him as an all-rounder or finisher at all. If you bat him up the order, he will score a century as well if he gets enough balls. If you see his shots today, nine out of ten times you will see cricketing shots and wherever he tries to hit the ball, Hardik has changed his batting software and he has prepared so well for those shots that his execution is amazingly good,” said Chopra.
“Four wickets had fallen at one time. When KL Rahul got out, it seemed the innings had floundered. The way he batted after that, he has the strength, Hardik has changed his batting software when he was injured. He has started playing like a proper batsman,” he said.
“There is a specific game plan that he will go deep inside the crease against fast bowlers and keep his weight forward despite that, so that he is not off-position while playing the shots. He has been consistently scoring runs, whether it is spin or fast bowling and was actually upset that he got out at the wrong time. If he had kept on playing, 390 was also possible,” concluded Chopra.