Former England captain Michael Vaughan heaped praise on Hardik Pandya after his massive performance in 2nd T20I vs Australia. India chased a mammoth target of 194 runs where Hardik scored 42 runs off just 22 deliveries.
Post the match Vaughan said Hardik has a great chance to take over from Virat Kohli as the ‘next global superstar’. Especially considering there are two ICC events in India over the next three years. As India holds the right to host 2021 ICC T20 WC and 2023 World cup.
Michael Vaughan praises Hardik Pandya
The all-rounder Hardik Pandya makes massive runs in the ongoing Australia tour where Hardik scored 90(1st ODI), 28(2nd ODI), 92*(3rd ODI). In the T20 format Hardik scored 19(1st T20I), 42*(2nd T20I).
“He has to look at the next three years. With the next T20 world cup being in India, obviously, the IPL being in India, the next 50-over World Cup is in India in 2023, Hardik Pandya has got a great opportunity to become the next global superstar,” Vaughan said in a video with Cricbuzz.
“MS Dhoni, he had that mantle for many years. Virat Kohli has it now. It’s generally the Indian players that get put onto that pedestal and I think Hardik’s got a chance to be the next superstar.”
Hardik Pandy Broke his bat
“I am trying to figure out my bats now. My match bat got broken in the first ODI which I was playing for the last three years, so the whole series, all these five games, I have been trying to figure out which bat I should bat with,” said Pandya who hit two sixes to finish the match after India needed 14 in the last over from Australia pace bowler Daniel Sams.
Pandya said that he did not want to leave the game to the last ball and went for the big hits.
“I felt two big hits (would do), since the last couple of games I was not able to connect so I thought a few things before coming to this game, and happy with the way it turned out… More than the six I wanted to finish because I have seen a couple of games, where with 6 off 3 balls, the game can go to the wire and I wanted to finish the game early,” he added.
“Special mention to T Natarajan as well. I thought he should be the Man of the Match because the bowlers struggled here and he had a really good game.”