Hardik Pandya doesn’t care what people talk about him
Former cricketers and critics weren't impressed with Hardik Pandya's all-round efforts in the first two Tests.
Updated - Aug 20, 2018 10:19 am
Indian team entered the second day of the Trent Bridge Test with the score of 307/6. There were high expectations of the visiting team going past 400-run mark but the England bowlers did exceedingly well to pick the final four wickets for 22 runs in the first session. Much was expected from the Indian bowlers in the first session but that didn’t happen.
Indian bowlers tried out various lengths in the opening session of the second day but failed to pick wickets. England openers Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings remained unbeaten at lunch but couldn’t hold the ship for much time as both the openers lost their wicket in consecutive balls to Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in the second session.
The Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was the chief destructor as he went on to pick his maiden fifer in Test cricket. England lost it completely from 54/0 to 161/10. Pandya bowled just six overs and picked five wickets with one maiden in it. Speaking about his bowling, the all-rounder revealed the interesting plan he sketched alongside Ishant Sharma.
“Quite happy with the five-for. We’re happy with the lead too, really happy for the team as the batsmen applied themselves and got us a decent lead. I remember as a bowling unit during lunch, we got together and focused on bowling in the right areas. The ball was swinging in the morning but we didn’t get wickets, so Ishant and I tried to stifle the runs and see what happens,” said Pandya after the end of day’s play.
Former cricketers and critics weren’t impressed with Hardik Pandya‘s all-round efforts in the first two Tests and lashed out at him. Speaking about the criticism he got, Hardik stated that he never cared what people say about him. At the end of the day, it’s the team management’s backing which is important for the player to make it happen.
“Let’s not worry about me, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t care what people say about me. The team backs me and that’s important,” concluded the all-rounder.