Hardik Pandya stands on one leg; slams Shivam Dube for a six in DY Patil T20 Cup
Beware bowlers! Hardik Pandya is on your way.
Updated - Mar 6, 2020 4:34 pm
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is having a gala time in the ongoing DY Patil T20 Cup. He had slammed a blistering century for the Reliance 1 team against CAG a few days ago. He had made 105 in 39 balls with 14 sixes to his name and took his team to a score of 250 plus in a must-win match. He then also starred with the ball, picking a five-wicket haul and earning much praise from all quarters.
His fans are ecstatic to see him back on the field after being laid low by a back injury that saw him undergoing surgery in London and then months of rehabilitation to get back into playing fitness. He was supposed to be named in the Indian squad for New Zealand tour but was pulled back due to concerns on him carrying the load of bowling.
What a shot!
This tournament was his return to the competitive cricket and he is enjoying himself to the fullest. In the first semi-final match between Reliance 1 and Suryakumar Yadav-led Bharat Petroleum Company Limited (BPCL) at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Pandya helped his team out of trouble at 10/2. He slammed a brilliant 158* in 55 balls which were adorned by an amazing 20 sixes and 4 fours in his innings.
During this innings, Hardik Pandya was facing Shivam Dube of BPCL in the 18th over of the match while batting on 119 in 43 balls. Dube, wary of being hit out of the ground, decided to go wide on the offside. Pandya had already anticipated such kind of delivery and was standing on a middle guard. The all-rounder quickly moved outside off stump and met the delivery at the right length and deposited it over covers for six almost standing on one leg.
The amazing thing was that all of Pandya’s weight was on his right leg, with his other leg in the air as he completed the shot, highlighting the timing and power the batsmen possesses and also showed that he was at peak fitness, given that there was pressure in his back as well.