Hardik Pandya

Matthew Hayden had set high expectations for Hardik Pandya’s performance during the Asia Cup 2023 encounter against Pakistan in Kandy. Hayden had hoped for Pandya to achieve a remarkable score of 120 runs. However, the India vice-captain fell just short, scoring a respectable 87 runs from 90 balls, comprising 7 boundaries and 1 six. His partnership with Ishan Kishan, which exceeded 100 runs, played a crucial role in elevating India’s total to 266 runs.

Matthew Hayden expressed a hint of disappointment, suggesting, “Hardik may feel he missed out on the opportunity to reach 120 runs, given his batting prowess. He displayed leadership with his innings, a role that was anticipated from Rohit Sharma. Although Rohit didn’t quite meet those expectations, Hardik’s performance placed India in a favorable position. Additionally, he provided valuable support to Ishan Kishan.”

Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri praised Hardik Pandya for his innings, emphasizing its significance in keeping India competitive in the match. Shastri noted, “Hardik’s innings has kept India in contention. In an intense IND vs. PAK encounter, predicting the outcome can be unpredictable, particularly with Pakistan’s batting lineup.”

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