Hardik Pandya has started showing that he is not just a batsman who can bowl a bit, but, he is a proper all rounder.
He has actually been performing better with the ball than with the bat in the Asia Cup.
He has got 4 wickets in 2 games at an average of 7-75 and has been India’s best bowler so far in the tournament.
He was the tormentor in chief for India bowling against Pakistan last night as he got three wickets for just 8 runs.
What’s great in Hardik is that he wants to bowl fast and he backs his strengths.
His preferred length is short of a length and he does not hesitate in banging the ball at that length even if he sees that the batsman is good against the short balls or has already pulled him for a four or a six.
In the game against Bangladesh, which was India’s opener in the tournament, Shabbir Rahman hit Hardik for a huge six pulling him in front of square.
Ahead of that, Shabbir had played a great pull shot off Nehra too in the power play.
Still, Hardik went for the short ball against Shabbir for the second time without fearing the consequences that he could be launched into the stands again.
And, guess what, he trapped Shabbir this time around as the Bangladeshi skied one straight into MS Dhoni’s gloves.
So, that sort of self confidence in a young man, who, leave alone international Cricket, does not have a rich first class experience either, it’s brilliant.
However, the real test for Hardik will be to try and be consistent as that’s where most of the young players falter.
There have been many who burst onto the scenes and just blow everyone’s mind away, but, only a few manage to stay there for long.