Mahendra Singh Dhoni in awe of ‘fearless’ Hardik Pandya

first_imgIndia rode on a matured batting performance from opening batsman Rohit Sharma to start the Asia Cup campaign with a win on Wednesday.After MS Dhoni’s men were put into bat on a green top, Bangladesh new-ball bowlers looked threatening in the early overs. It was Rohit who hung around while he was losing partners at the other end. (Rohit, Nehra star as India crush Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener)However a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket between Yuvraj Singh and Rohit gave the latter the license to go big in the end overs. And Rohit did exactly that. As he was hitting the big ones, he was joined by Hardik Pandya after Yuvraj’s exit. (India’s win in pictures) The Baroda all-rounder did not wait and was swinging his bat at everything right from the first ball. Pandya played a cameo in the end hitting four boundaries and a six. His 18-ball 31 proved to be crucial runs for India in the end.Indian skipper Dhoni seemed to be mightily impressed with Pandya’s fearless approach to the game. “Batting fearlessly is Hardik’s strength and that’s why we want to give him more matches,” an elated Dhoni said at the post match presentation ceremony. (How Hardik Pandya’s all-round show turned the tide in India’s favour)Pandya came back with the ball to add to Bangladesh’s woes in Dhaka. He made life difficult for Bangladesh batsmen with his variations and took the important wicket of Sabbir Rahman who waged a lone battle for the hosts.advertisementPandya’s impressive figures of 4-0-23-1 caught the attention of his skipper. “Pandya is a good fielder too and a useful third seamer,” Dhoni said.Dhoni also said he was disappointed after losing the toss in the opener.  He was all praise for Rohit’s matured knock under pressure. “Rather than hitting the big shots straight down, it was important to cut and use such shots since they were bowling short of length,” Dhoni said.Even the opposition skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was in awe of Rohit’s batting performance. “We were in the game till the 14th over but after that Rohit took the game away from us,” he said.Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra picked up three crucial wickets to skittle Bangladesh’s chase. He has been impressive since his comeback and he once again answered his captain’s call on Wednesday evening. Nehra said he enjoyed bowling on the green top.  “Once I bowled my first over we were sure that we wouldn’t let them score much. I don’t mind the kind of pitch we got in Pune, honestly, and the one today was not an up and down pitch.”last_img

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