Hardik Pandya stood as the hero of the game in the Trent Bridge test by picking 5 wickets and giving away 28 runs. He faced a lot of criticism by experts like Michael Holding and Harbhajan Singh earlier about his presence in the team and the all-rounder tag.
Hardik Pandya spoke to former English skipper Nasser Hussain about his performance on the second day of the third test. His presence in the playing XI caused a lot of debate earlier and even Harbhajan Singh felt that Pandya should be deprived of his all-rounder tag.
Michael Holding said that “I don’t think he does a lot with the ball. That is number one. He is not consistent. He does not have the control that puts batsmen under pressure constantly.”
Pandya’s performance answered the criticism and elated the fans to the heights. Pandya said to Nasser Hussain that “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.”
“Let’s not worry about me, I know what I’m doing, and I don’t care what people say. The team backs me and that’s important.”
He picked the wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, and Adil Rashid to finish his career-best performance of 5/28 in the test format. Earlier his place in the team was questioned by experts and fans since he made only poor scores in the first two tests. He registered his five-wicket haul in the test format for the first time in the third test and made a decent score in this game as well.
Pandya’s performance is a timely one and the team needed it the most to bowl out England at 161 runs in the first innings and pull them into a trail by 168 runs.