- Dec 11, 2023
- Oct 23, 2023
Virat Kohli showed the world what he is made of after playing a stellar 82-run knock off just 53 balls. He found a perfect partner in Hardik Pandya, who struck around with Virat Kohli to form a vital 113-run partnership in just 78 balls. He also brought India back into the game with the ball in the first innings, picking up 3-30 in his four-over spell.
Hardik Pandya also made history as he became the first Indian to score 1000 T20I runs and take 50 wickets in the shortest format. In the post-match interview on Star Sports Tamil, Krishnamachari Srikanth while talking to Hardik Pandya said,
“I should not do comparisons. I do not compare eras. When I see you playing, the way you bowl, bat and field; it reminds me of Kapil Dev during our days. The impact you can create, is somewhat what Kapil used to create.” To which Hardik Pandya responded with a smile saying: “He is the greatest!”
In a last ball thriller, the fans jumped to the edge of their seats in anticipation of the result. Emotions were riding high after such a close game and for Hardik Pandya, it was no different.
Pandya had turned emotional, recalling how his late father moved cities to fulfill a young boy’s cricketing dreams.
“I was only thinking about my dad. I have not cried about my dad. I love my son, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to do for him what my dad did for me. He moved cities for a six-and-a-half-year-old boy’s dreams without knowing I’d get to where I am today. So, this is for him,” said Hardik on Star Sports.
“I will be grateful forever. If he hadn’t given me a chance, I won’t be standing here. He made a big sacrifice, he shifted to a different city for his kids. We were six at that time, and he shifted an entire city and his entire business. It was a big thing.”