Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been fantastic in the ongoing IPL 2019. His breathtaking batting displays have surprised and won many people’s hearts.
When Hardik debuted in IPL four years ago, everyone was impressed to see his long-hitting abilities. However this year everyone is witnessing his consistency and ease with which he is clearing the boundaries.
Throughout this season, Hardik is getting MI out of trouble with his finishing skills. The biggest highlight came in the match against KKR. MI were down to 58 for 4 in the 9th over while chasing 233.
That is when Pandya came and scored 91 off just 34 balls to revive MI’s hopes. Among those 91 runs, 78 came from just boundaries off just 15 balls. So far in IPL 2019, Hardik has scored 355 runs at a humongous strike rate of 198.32.
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Pollard heavily praises for his teammate
MI is set to face SRH for a very crucial clash. Before that another MI all-rounder Kieron Pollard has heavily praised Pandya. The Windies star recalled Pandya’s debut season and said that he has the potential to hit big shots.
“Even when he came onto the scene, if you remember, in a couple of games for Mumbai (Indians), he finished off with his big hits. He is a small guy but hits the ball a long way. And once he continues to practice well and continues to evolve as a cricketer, you can see him doing great things not only for Mumbai Indians but (also for) Indian cricket,” Pollard said.
Pollard himself is known for his big-hitting abilities. He also revealed what Hardik needs in order to excel. Pollard said that his Mumbai teammate needs all the backing and confidence to perform even more.
“It is a matter of him having the confidence and you giving him the confidence for him to believe in himself because he is one of those guys who is free-spirited and just goes out and tries to use his youthful exuberance to have an impact on the game,” the West Indies all-rounder said.