Hardik Pandya is the biggest positive from the series: Virat Kohli

Hardik Pandya scored a match-winning century. It was also the fastest hundred by an Indian at No. 8

Hardik Pandya
Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya celebrates after he dismissed Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis.

The Indian cricket team created history after sealing the 3rd Test match by an innings and 171 runs. This is India’s first clean sweep at the foreign soil. The openers performed in an outstanding manner, the middle-order responded to the challenge and bowling looked fearsome. But the standout performer in the series was the all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who made a swashbuckling hundred in the final Test match and picked two wickets with the ball.

The skipper Virat Kohli said that he doesn’t think about the future too much and believes in sticking to the task at hand. He said the players consider it a privilege to play the game at the highest level and represent the country. He feels that Pandya is the biggest positive in the 3-match Test series.

“We are winning and the momentum is with the team. When playing, we don’t think (stuff like) where Test cricket is headed and what the future will be. We consider it a privilege that we are able to play Test cricket for the country. Our mindset hasn’t changed one bit till now,” the skipper said after the match.

“The regulars have performed, but the biggest positive would be Hardik’s inclusion and the way he shaped up in these three Test matches. The kind of confidence he showed with the ball and the maturity with the bat, it really gives us a lot of boost and the balance,”

“When both teams play very good cricket, it is a cracker of a series. But like South Africa were in England for four months, that factor they themselves admitted that it played on their minds because they didn’t go home after the Champions Trophy. I think all those factors too should be taken into account.

“If any team plays very well in a series, you will get such results. When both teams play with equal intensity, the matches will be very close and so will the series,” he added.