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We have 120% faith in Hardik Pandya, states skipper Virat Kohli

Kohli was full of praises for the new sensation of Indian cricket

Hardik Pandya
Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

What can be said about that knock from Hardik Pandya, which flabbergasted even the Indian camp and batted the Lankans out of the game. It was perfect blend of caution, class and aggression and the fans were absolutely delighted watching his exploits. Indian skipper Virat Kohli said to the media that the management has full faith in the all-rounder and rated him as a crucial part of the unit.

He also spoke about his demeanor, attitude and life style that people don’t adore much. Kohli stated it’s important not to be judgmental and stick to the ones who possess such immeasurable talent. He added that his performances have taken the microphone and they are making the noise currently.

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“Performance has spoken for itself. People might have problems with the kind of demeanour he has or the belief he carries with himself, but we certainly in the team have no doubts on that. We let him be who he is, we let him express himself. You know, a guy who can get a 50 and a hundred in his first three games batting at No. 8 has to have something special in him,” Kohli said.

“It was not blind slogging, it was smart cricket”

India were tangling in a precarious situation as they kept losing quick wickets. With just over 300 runs on the board, Sri Lanka had a great opportunity to restrict them to less than 350, which would’ve been spectacular considering how good the pitch was for batting. But Pandya’s innings turned the tables and helped India take a giant leap.

Kohli was full of praises for his brilliant approach to the situation and has mentioned he used his brain to tackle the predicament. “And the innings that he played here, after we were 320 for 6, it wasn’t just mad slogging. He actually used his brain and batted with the tail, which I think is a great sign for us. All doubts aside from the outside, inside the team, we absolutely have 120 percent faith in him,” he concluded.

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